Need PWM ctlr for 12VDC Motor

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Jack_K

Joined May 13, 2009
140
I need to control the speed of a 12 VDC motor on a fishing boat. The speed will be determined by the resistance of a pot connected to the "gas" pedal. The motor draws as much as 50 amps I'm told.

I assume a PWM controller would be the best way to go? I've searched the archives but haven't found what I need.

A schematic and some explanation of the circuit is what I'd like.

Anybody up for this?

Thanks,
Jack
P.S. This is a personal project.
 

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Jack_K

Joined May 13, 2009
140
http://www.cfnet.net/tm/

The gentleman there is using a 'Chinese Electric Scooter PWM speed controller' for his trolling motor.

Perhaps you should check this out for your needs. Maybe even just to purchase and examine for ideas.
That's an interesting post. However, I'd like to build my own. That's why I asked for help and maybe a schematic or two.

Thanks,
Jack
 

wayneh

Joined Sep 9, 2010
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PWM is definitely the approach you want, and the schematic is theoretically not all that complicated. The problem is the power rating, which requires special parts and mechanical solutions to dissipate heat, eg. big heat sinks.

I'm wondering what the REAL draw is for your motor. I mean, it might draw 50A when you start at full speed from a dead stop, or if it fouls with weeds or sand or whatever. But under normal operation where you want speed control, it's probably far less.

That makes me wonder if there couldn't be some sort of kick-in, kick-out relay where the PWM circuit would be bypassed if the current load gets too high. PWM control would only kick in when amps fall below, say, 10A.

I have no idea how practical this is to implement. Just a wild idea.
 

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Jack_K

Joined May 13, 2009
140
I agree that the startup or stall current is probably the max of 50 amps. The spec said 50 amps maximum, no explanation.

The running current is prpbably more likely 20-30 amps.
 

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Jack_K

Joined May 13, 2009
140
Thanks. I had already read that thread. I had even considered using a one-shot like the 74LS123 or newer variants.

That's still not what I'm looking for though.

Jack
 
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