n00b to motors and pumps - some basic inquiries

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by kingdano, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. kingdano

    Thread Starter Member

    Apr 14, 2010
    I have been presented with a new task at work related to regulating pressure.

    I have done some basic web research, but i am still somewhat confused.

    I am fairly sure that a pump is electrically identical to a motor - in terms of using electromagnetic fields to do mechanical work.

    Does this mean, that when looking for options (ICs) for this application, that i should look for motor controller ICs?

    Is there any benefit to using a particular motor/pump type (AC/DC - single...3 phase etc) in terms of simplicity of driving electrically?

    Any suggested applications notes or reading?


  2. dsp_redux

    Active Member

    Apr 11, 2009
    You can in fact treat your pump like a motor. You can always go for specific uC for motors, or you can all do manualy with transistors and/or relays to operate the pump (depending on the application). 3 phase pumps will give you less power loss and a more constant power usage in it. All depends on the application really.
  3. kingdano

    Thread Starter Member

    Apr 14, 2010
    i will probably err on the side of caution and use a uC for motor control.

    being in research is nice that way, as i am rarely concerned with cost.