# PWM Motor frequency

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by samh93, May 25, 2012.

1. ### samh93 Thread Starter Member

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hey guys, I've built a prototype of my pwm circuit and it all works fine. The problem is that the motor whines at lower speeds which I could guess is too low a frequency. I want to increase the frequency but I'm not really sure how in this case. Could anyone help me? Like what equation do I use to work out the frequency?
Here's my circuit drawing and my prototype:

Thanks, Sam

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use uC.....

3. ### shortbus AAC Fanatic!

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Changing the pot and C1 values is how its done. The formula for the values is in the 555 data sheet. 18kHz - 20kHz is what your looking for. Just at the top end of the hearing frequency, no real need to go higher.

4. ### Bernard AAC Fanatic!

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Using same pot, try 500pF for C1. If pot is at extreem limit,then it's about .1MΩ X .01 = .oo1 sec or inverted= 1 K Hz. Try it with .0005 μF.

5. ### samh93 Thread Starter Member

Oct 4, 2011
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so .1MΩ X .0005 = .00005 which inverted = 50,000 = 50KHz. Isn't 50KHz a bit too much for my circuit?

Also thanks for replying, really appreciate it.

Sam

6. ### samh93 Thread Starter Member

Oct 4, 2011
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ohh I see my mistake, its 20KHz not 50, my calculations were wrong. I'll get it tested and get back to you all.

Sam

7. ### samh93 Thread Starter Member

Oct 4, 2011
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Hey guys. I've gotta say you're all genius'. Thanks for all your help, my motor now runs quietly and it works better than ever .

Thanks everyone

Sam

8. ### shortbus AAC Fanatic!

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@samh93, hope your still around Glad you got the problem fixed, in the future you might want to consider another PWM circuit.

While the one you made works, when you adjust the on-off time you are also changing the switching frequency. That may not be a problem for some things but it can be for others. By adding a few extra (inexpensive) components you can have a true fixed frequency PWM control.

One of the moderators here, Bill Marsden, has it in a blog. Here is the link to it-
http://forum.allaboutcircuits.com/blog.php?bt=678 Figure 5.3 is the one I'm talking about. Hope this helps you