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Old 11-30-2010, 07:23 AM   #4061 (permalink)
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So, does this mean we'll see Paul's very own display system built into the next controller? Complete with spiffy graphics of lightning bolts and tires burning rubber on the controller control panel?

On the topic of displays, laptop displays have pretty weird and flimsy connectors and aren't exactly the best choice. At least the displays I've worked with. Benjamin J Heckendorn has used everything from PS1 travel screens to digital picture frames to dirt cheap off brand LCD monitors in his projects and just recently did a hack with a rotating laptop screen. If someone somewhere has found a way to use the cheap touchscreens from digital picture frames for other hacks that would be a great way to tinker with controller data and settings on the fly.
Touch screen picture frame??? Thats an awesome idea. It shouldnt be that hard to do.

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Old 12-01-2010, 09:10 AM   #4062 (permalink)
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Do we have a classified posting on this yet? Just want to know where to send the payment.
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Old 12-01-2010, 12:22 PM   #4063 (permalink)
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Do we have a classified posting on this yet? Just want to know where to send the payment.
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No, Not yet. Ive just been going through PM.

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Old 12-02-2010, 08:22 AM   #4064 (permalink)
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Hey guys!
Can some one give me a quick run down on where we are with the 1000 amp controller?
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Ok need some advice here. I'm building up the parts for a controller build for the bike. I had intended to use a series / parallel switching arrangement between the two motors but have decided instead to give each motor its own controller! What i'm aiming for is one power stage with two igbts per motor , shared B+M+ and B- busbars and two control boards.

So first problem is how to drive two boards from one throttle signal .............
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Ok need some advice here. I'm building up the parts for a controller build for the bike. I had intended to use a series / parallel switching arrangement between the two motors but have decided instead to give each motor its own controller! What i'm aiming for is one power stage with two igbts per motor , shared B+M+ and B- busbars and two control boards.

So first problem is how to drive two boards from one throttle signal .............
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Sharing the 3 bus bars I think will not be the a great idea. Now having a common bat/motor + and bat- and individual motor - to each motor, will be the right approach.
Driving the control boards: I would use a single, above 5K and below 10K pot throttle signal to drive both boards together .
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So first problem is how to drive two boards from one throttle signal .............
An idea:

looking at the schematic, R10, R8 and the throttle pot form a resistor divider and R4 and C15 form an RC filter in front of the ADC input.

So, maybe keep one board normal. On the 2nd board, leave out R8 and R10. Then, have both boards share pin 4 on J1 (the throttle input, which, looking at the schematic, leads right into the RC filter). The idea is that there's one resistor divider, but the signal is sent to each board each with their own RC filter circuit. I'm also assuming that each board shares the same ground, which it would if they're each run off of the same battery.
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4dsystems touch screen display.

Back to the topic of a touch screen graphic display. I have been looking at the products from 4D Systems, an Australian company, and today ordered one of these µLCD-32PT(GFX) - 4DGL Display Modules. I have mentioned this product before, so while I am waiting for it to arrive I thought I would start writing some code for it. They have an IDE, free to download, and the language is kind C like but optimized for doing tasks such as displaying graphics and parsing serial data strings, perfect for what is required for this project. The first goal is to read the real time data stream from the controller and display the information on the screen. I have a couple of questions about the data stream.

First, what is the formula to convert the temperature data to Celsius and Fahrenheit. Second has to do with the fault bits. I found this in the cougar.h file, but can't work it out.

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#define THROTTLE_FAULT (1 << 0)
#define VREF_FAULT (1 << 1)
#define PRECHARGE_WAIT (1 << 5)
#define MOTOR_OS_FAULT (1 << 6)
#define HPL_FAULT (1 << 7)
So what is the values for the above faults, and can the controller set multiple faults at the same time?

I will post the code as and when I get something cobbled together. The next goal will be to have an interface to change controller settings. Another idea is to have a programmable preset memory like a car radio has. Maybe have 3 possible settings, say economy, normal and sport. Just press a button and the controller can be updated with the new settings. Also could be useful for testing new settings, you can save your current setting and always be able to revert back at the touch of a button.
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First, what is the formula to convert the temperature data to Celsius and Fahrenheit.
A while back I was curious about this and plotted it up using the circuit and values from the datasheet. Excel does curve fits pretty easily, and it looked somewhat 3rd order (I was hoping it was linear...)




I know Adam (or Paul?) made a look up table also - maybe they could check that equation against the table? Unless it's totally wrong, it looks like everything should be within a degree or two.
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Thanks Joe, that graph will get me started on a simple lookup table. If someone has a lookup table maybe they could post it?

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