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Floyd, Digital Fundamentals, 10 th ed EET 2261 Unit 13 Stepper Motors and Servos Read Mazidi, Section 15.2 and Chapter 17. Homework #13 and Lab #13 due.

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1 Floyd, Digital Fundamentals, 10 th ed EET 2261 Unit 13 Stepper Motors and Servos Read Mazidi, Section 15.2 and Chapter 17. Homework #13 and Lab #13 due next week. Final Exam next week.

2 There are many kinds of electric motors. (See Wikipedia article.) Wikipedia article In many motors, the rotor spins continuously, with no way of precisely controlling the motors rotational position and speed. Stepper motors and servos are two widely used kinds of motors whose position and speed can be precisely controlled. Stepper Motors and Servos

3 Our textbook discusses stepper motors in Section The book does not discuss servos, but Chapter 17 discusses pulse width modulation (PWM), which is the technique used to control servos. As discussed in Chapter 17, PWM can also be used to control DC motors, but we wont study this. Coverage of Motors in the Textbook

4 A stepper motor is a digitally controlled motor that allows precise control over the position of the motors rotor. Changes in the digital input rotate the motors rotor by a precise amount, which is called a step or step angle. Depending on the motor, this step angle may be as small as 1 (or less) or as large as 45. On our motors, the step angle is 3.6. Stepper Motors

5 Recall that an electromagnet behaves like a magnet only when current is passing through it. Its a magnet that you can turn on or turn off. Electromagnets Electromagnets are constructed by wrapping wire around an iron-alloy bar. (Illustration from Wikipedia.)Wikipedia

6 A stepper motor has a permanent magnet connected to its rotor and electromagnets connected to its stator. The digital signals controlling the motor turn the electromagnets on and off in sequence, which results in rotation of the rotor. Magnets in a Stepper Motor Simplified image from John Iovines PIC Microcontroller Project Book, 2 nd ed.

7 Rotating a Stepper Motor (Simplified Picture) From John Iovines PIC Microcontroller Project Book, 2 nd ed. In this example, how big is each step?

8 In the previous illustration, only one of the electromagnets was on at a time. We can get finer resolution by sometimes turning on two electromagnets at a time. This technique is called half-stepping. Half-Stepping

9 Different designs result in several types of stepper motors: Unipolar Bipolar Universal (which combine characteristics of unipolar and bipolar motors) Our motor is a unipolar stepper motor. Types of Stepper Motors

10 The number of wires on a stepper motor varies, depending on the motors type. Bipolar Stepper Motor: 4 wires Unipolar Stepper Motor: 5 or 6 wires Universal Stepper Motor: 8 wires Wiring a Stepper Motor

11 The website at contains an excellent online tutorial on stepper motors, including this animation showing the operation of a unipolar motor. Online Tutorial

12 Our motor is made by Howard Ind., part number As shown on its specifications sheet, its a unipolar motor with a 3.6 step angle. specifications sheet Our Stepper Motor

13 Two interfacing problems arise when driving a motor from a digital system: 1.Motors introduce a great deal of electrical noise into a system. This noise can disrupt the operation of sensitive digital circuits such as the HCS12. 2.Motors consume more current than most digital outputs can supply. Therefore we cant connect the motor directly to the HCS12s output pins. Interfacing Problems

14 Use separate power supplies, one for the motor and one for the HCS12. If needed, we could also use an optoisolator, such as the ILQ74, to provide further isolation between the HCS12 and the motor. (See textbooks Figure ) Solution to Interfacing Problem #1 (Noise) Well power our motor from the 9 V pin in the Dragon12 boards lower left corner. For this to work, we must plug in the Dragon12s power adapter, instead of just powering the board from its USB port.

15 Use one of the following circuits between the HCS12 and the motor: Power transistors, such as the TIP120 (see textbooks Figure 15-11). Motor driver IC, such as the ULN2003 (see textbooks Figure 15-9) or the TB6612FNG H- bridge. The Dragon12 board has a TB6612FNG (U12 near the boards lower left corner). Solution to Interfacing Problem #2 (Supplying Adequate Current)

16 This chip contains a popular driver design called an H-bridge. Section 17.1 of the textbook discusses the use of an H-bridge to control a DC motor, but were using it to control a stepper motor. TB6612FNG datasheet.TB6612FNG datasheet Toshiba TB6612FNG

17 On the Dragon12 board, the TB6612FNG is connected to Ports B and P of the HCS12. Figure from Dragon12 Schematic Diagram 5.Schematic Diagram 5 Connections to TB6612FNG

18 Once youve made the proper connections and configured the HCS12s ports, stepper motors are easy to program. The following code will turn our motor counterclockwise (CCW): Code for Turning a Stepper Motor

19 A servo motor (or servo) is a package containing a DC motor connected via gears to a shaft. It also contains a feedback circuit that precisely controls the shafts angle of rotation. Unlike a motor whose rotor spins continuously, a servo is usually used to set the shaft to a specific angle of rotation and then hold it there for a while. Servos

20 Servos are commonly used in small robotics and in radio-controlled (RC) airplanes, cars, and boats. In an RC airplane, for example, servos may control the planes throttle, rudder, elevators, ailerons, landing gear, etc. Next slide shows inner workings of an RC airplane. Servos in RC Vehicles

21 Servos and Stepper Motors

22 Servo: Exploded View

23 Servo: Block Diagram Diagram above demonstrates feedback, in which a systems output is fed back in as an input to provide more accurate control over the output. Feedback is a fundamental concept in most control systems.

24 Servos have three wires: Power (red) Ground (black) Control signal (yellow or white) Wiring a Servo

25 The Dragon12 board has four connectors (near the center of the top edge) for servos, labeled PP4, PP5, PP6, PP7. Jumper J35 lets you choose whether to power the servo from the board or from an external supply. Well power it from the board, but to do so we must have the power adapter plugged in. Connecting Servos to the Dragon12

26 On the Dragon12 board, the servo outputs are connected to Port P of the HCS12. Figure from Dragon12 Schematic Diagram 5.Schematic Diagram 5 Dragon12 Connections

27 Our servo is made by Hitec, part number HS-311. See ServoCitys webpage for detailed specifications.ServoCitys webpage Our Servo

28 The servos control signal is a 50 Hz pulse train. Therefore, what is this signals period? As shown on the next slide, the width of the pulse is crucial in controlling the servo. Controlling a Servo Period = ?

29 The control signals pulse width determines the shafts angle of rotation. Typically this pulse width ranges from about 0.5 ms to about 2.5 ms, interpreted as follows: 1.5 ms pulse width: 0 rotation. Pulse width less than 1.5 ms: rotate counterclockwise (up to 90, for our servo). Pulse width greater than 1.5 ms: rotate clockwise (up to 90 ). Controlling a Servo

30 The term pulse width modulation (PWM) refers to the technique of varying a signals pulse width to control a device such as a servo. (PWM is use to control other kinds of devices, too, including DC motors.) Pulse Width Modulation

31 One way to perform PWM using the HCS12 would be to write a loop that sets an output pin HIGH and LOW at the right times to generate pulses of the desired width and frequency. This approach would tie up a lot of the CPUs time. A more efficient way is to use the HCS12s built-in PWM block. Using this approach, once we have configured the PWM block correctly, it will generate pulses of the desired width and frequency without tying up the CPU. PWM Using the HCS12

32 The Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) block shares pins with general- purpose I/O Port P. Figure from p. 720 of textbook or page 23 of Device User Guide). Device User Guide Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) Block

33 Block Diagram of Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) Block The PWM blocks eight channels let us generate up to eight different PWM signals at the same time. See p. 567 of text or p. 14 of the PWM_8B8C Block User Guide. PWM_8B8C Block User Guide

34 Special-Function Registers Associated with the PWM Block The 39 special-function registers located at addresses $00A0 to $00C7 let us control the operation of the PWM block. See p. 700 of textbook or p. 35 of Device User Guide.Device User Guide

35 Special-Function Registers That Well Use The following registers are the most important ones for using the PWM block: PWM Enable Register (PWME) PWM Polarity Register (PWMPOL) PWM Prescale Clock Select Register (PWMPRCLK) PWM Scale A Register (PWMSCLA) PWM Clock Select Register (PWMCLK) PWM Channel Period Registers (PWMPERx): one register for each of the eight channels PWM Channel Duty Registers (PWMDTYx): one register for each of the eight channels

36 PWM Enable Register (PWME) The bits in this register let us enable or disable each of the eight PWM channels. If we enable a particular channel, then its I/O pin cannot also be used for general-purpose I/O as part of Port P. Figure from p. 19 of PWM_8B8C Block User Guide.PWM_8B8C Block User Guide

37 PWM Polarity Register (PWMPOL) For each PWM channel, we can choose whether the PWM signal starts HIGH and then goes LOW in each cycle, or vice versa. Figure from p. 20 of PWM_8B8C Block User Guide.PWM_8B8C Block User Guide

38 PWM Clocks The PWM block has four clocks that are derived from the systems bus clock: Clock A Clock B Clock SA (Scaled A) Clock SB (Scaled B) PWM Channels 0, 1, 4, 5 can use either Clock A or Clock SA PWM Channels 2, 3, 6, 7 can use either Clock B or Clock SB. The next three slides discuss the registers that control these clocks.

39 PWM Prescale Clock Select Register (PWMPRCLK) The bits in this register set the frequencies of Clock A and Clock B, as follows: Figures from p. 23 of PWM_8B8C Block User Guide. PWM_8B8C Block User Guide

40 PWM Scale A Register (PWMSCLA) The 8-bit value in this register sets Clock SAs frequency, according to the formula: Figures from p. 28 of PWM_8B8C Block User Guide.PWM_8B8C Block User Guide

41 PWM Clock Select Register (PWMCLK) Each PWM channel has one bit in this register to select which clock it uses: For PWM Channels 0, 1, 4, 5, we can choose between Clock A and Clock SA. For PWMM Channels 2, 3, 6, 7, we can choose between Clock B and Clock SB. Figure from p. 22 of PWM_8B8C Block User Guide.PWM_8B8C Block User Guide

42 PWM Channel Period Registers (PWMPERx) Each PWM channel has one of these registers. The value in this register determines the period (cycle time) of the signal generated by the PWM channel: Signal period = PWMPERx × Period of selected clock source Figure from p. 31 of PWM_8B8C Block User Guide.PWM_8B8C Block User Guide

43 PWM Channel Duty Registers (PWMDTYx) Each PWM channel has one of these registers. Assuming PWMPOL has been set so that the signal starts HIGH, the value in this register determines the pulse width (time high) of the signal generated by the PWM channel: Pulse width = PWMDTYx × Period of selected clock source Figure from p. 32 of PWM_8B8C Block User Guide.PWM_8B8C Block User Guide

44 Sample Code for Configuring PWM Channel 4 Note that code is incomplete: you must decide what values to load into PWMPER4 and PWMDTY4.


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