Category: DC Motors

QuadCopter DC Motor(BLDC) + Propeller Dynamics

QuadCopter DC Motor(BLDC) + Propeller Dynamics

Ultimately we’ll buy Electronic Speed Controllers (ESCs) for our Quad motors. They take PWM in and produce drive voltages for brushless DC motors. Let’s jump in to understand the motor-propeller subsystem on a quadrotor. DC Motor Modelling You’ll find basic DC motor equations in any undergraduate dynamics textbook. I add the Bouabdallah model for the …

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Finalizing Equations Of Motion: Thrust Inputs from Propellers

Finalizing Equations Of Motion: Thrust Inputs from Propellers

This post explains how we determine propeller thrust and drag factors for our quadcopter project. The last couple posts have been working-out the sum-of-torques on our quad-copter. We covered gyroscopic effect of the total air-frame in the, “equations of motion” post a few weeks ago. Next we looked at the torque induced by the gyroscopic …

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Maximum Thrust vs. Battery Voltage

Maximum Thrust vs. Battery Voltage

In a previous post we got the Ardupilot simulator stable running the linear-quadratic attitude controller, but we had a hack in-place for normalizing our body torque commands from Newton-meters to -1 to +1 for input to the Ardupilot motor sub-system. Purpose This post uses a test stand to measure maximum available thrust over a range …

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