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This is a pretty cool circuit that allows you to control the speed a DC motor of
considerable size! This circuit was made as part of the Jameco
(http://www.jameco.com) and Instructables Hacknight Hosted by H3 Laboratories in
El Paso Texas
Jameco sent us a grab bag of awesome components that we put into use right
away!
Bill of Materials:
1 - 555 Timer IC (from Jameco)
2 - Small Glass Rectifier Diodes
1 - High Current Rectifier Diode (Jameco)
1 - 1M Potentiometer (From Jameco)
1 - (Green, Red, Brown) Resistor
1 - 1K (Brown, Black, Red) Resistor
1 - Power MOSFET
2 - .01 F Ceramic Capacitors
1 - DC Motor
Step 1: Install Jumper Cables
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We will be needing a lot of jumper cables. I tend to install them first and later put in
the components but you can do it any way you want just follow the schematic. If
you want, you can follow my way.
Install the 555 IC on the breadboard.
Step 2: More Jumpers
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Install the other jumper that will be going to the potentiometer.
Step 3: Jumpers
More jumpers connecting pins 4 and 8 and 2 and 6
Step 4: Install the two capacitors .01F and diodes
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Step 5: Install the remaining components as shown in the
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The circuit is finished follow the schematic for more clarification on the position of
components.
Step 6: Video
Here we have a video demonstration of the circuit working:
This circuit was made as part of the Jameco (http://www.jameco.com) and
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Hi
How much voltage that 470 uF capacitor includes?
aalejo (/member/aalejo/)
hey !!! what is that thing its looks like electrolytic caps if it what is the volt. and.... the
farad of the caps ? pls pm i want to try
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from where is the input done??
gavargas (/member/gavargas/) (author)
The schematic is correct. Pin 7 is equivalent to pin 3 but it does not go high. The
circuit uses the gate of the MOSFET through pin 7, you can try it. It works
f renchie (/member/f+renchie/)
you need to correct the schematic. need to swap pin #'s for pin 3 and 7.
Phil B (/member/Phil+B/)
At the present I have no plans to use this circuit, but I appreciate what you have
done. It is very practical.
Raphango (/member/Raphango/)
Great project!
The 555 works like a PWM emitter doesn't it? With frequency adjusted by the
potenciometer right?
I don't know the difference between a MOSFET and a Transistor. What is it?
Thanks in advance!
gavargas (/member/gavargas/) (author)
That depends on the MOSFET you are using, this one is the IRF640 can handle
18A @ 10V in 25C you can use different MOSFETs and power supplies and
the possibilities are even higher.
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How many amps can this circuit handle?
gavargas (/member/gavargas/) (author)
Yes, they are correct:
(Pins 7 and 3 are "in phase.") Pin 7 is equal to pin 3 but pin 7 does not go high -
it goes OPEN. But it goes LOW and will sink about 200mA.
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Hi,
Are 3 and 7 from the 555 correct? Output = 3 an Discharge is 7.
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