Variable Speed H-Bridge Circuit

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by ignite, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. ignite

    Thread Starter Member

    Jan 31, 2008
    Im building a bi-directional variable speed motor controller to control a 12V 8A motor. In the design im using Power Mosfets. The controller is controlled by a PIC. The H-bridge drives the motor at full speed in both the forwards and reverse direction perfect. Mosfets only get barely warm.
    But when i use a PWM to vary the speed by changing the duty cycle to mosfets get very hot and burn out after less than a minute. Ive tried running at 1khz, 5kHz and 10Khz with no difference.

    Does anyone know the cause and solution for this???
  2. beenthere

    Retired Moderator

    Apr 20, 2004
    You need to post a schematic of the H-bridge so we can see what might be the problem.
  3. shortbus


    Sep 30, 2009
    If your using the PWM to vary the gate voltage, the gates may not be turning on enough. The gate voltage has to be correct for the proper turn on of the mosfet.