50Hz PWM frequency for controlling speed of single phase ceiling fan?

Discussion in 'Embedded Systems and Microcontrollers' started by Nanda Kumar 1, Sep 11, 2016.

  1. Nanda Kumar 1

    Thread Starter Member

    Aug 25, 2016
    Hi every one I am little bit confused for choosing a correct PWM frequency for speed controlling of single phase ceiling fan.
  2. AlbertHall

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jun 4, 2014
    It would probably be better, as a ceiling fan has a large momentum and speeds up or slows down fairly slowly, to use a much lower pwm speed such as 1Hz, switching the AC voltage at the zero crossing point to avoid generating interference. It should always be fed with a whole number of AC cycles which means only using alternate zero crossing points to avoid any DC component, particularly at high mark-space ratios when the power is connected most of the time.
  3. MaxHeadRoom


    Jul 18, 2013
    IMO if you want to PM an AC 1ph motor you would need to also re-create the 50Hz AC exactly the same way a 3 phase VFD does, in order to PWM it, not with a Triac.
    Otherwise you would have to synchronize each PWM pulse signal to the zero crossing point and just vary the width but this will only give you phase angle control the same or similar way shown in Fairchild AN-3006.