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Old 04-09-2013, 05:07 AM   #6071 (permalink)
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It's funny that the exact same hardware can be a 3 phase AC controller, a solar inverter, and a DC controller (with extra clean near-DC output, just how the motor likes it).

Is this new controller the 1000amp DC ?
I will have to go back and do some reading - I have just been ignoring AC stuff as irrelevant!

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Old 04-10-2013, 10:47 AM   #6072 (permalink)
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haha, It could be 1000amp if I could get the frequency high enough to fit the inductors. I've put the "1000 amp" TO-247 version on the back burner at the moment.

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Old 04-14-2013, 04:28 AM   #6073 (permalink)
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Hi there Jack,
I seem to have lost touch with what's going on around here. Could you let me know where I can glean some info on this new controller. It sounds as though it will be awesome.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:29 AM   #6074 (permalink)
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Hi Paul

I have put 300km on my car - including a sprint - great fun,- I was not last (almost though)
Anyway I had better get onto fixing my controller,

I have been looking at using GiGamos MOSFETS as you suggested - IXFK170N20T
These are 170 amps rather than 130 amps
The gate charge is higher - 265nC rather than 241nC - only 10% more

I was thinking of using the same diodes and capacitors (new ones)

With these higher current MOSFETS I hope to be able to turn the motor current up to about 700 amps

I will also replace the MIC4451 - I hope I don't damage the control board!

Will I be able to use the current sensor or will I have to upgrade that as well

Or am I barking up the wrong tree altogether?
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Hi Paul

I have put 300km on my car - including a sprint - great fun,- I was not last (almost though)
Anyway I had better get onto fixing my controller,

I have been looking at using GiGamos MOSFETS as you suggested - IXFK170N20T
These are 170 amps rather than 130 amps
The gate charge is higher - 265nC rather than 241nC - only 10% more

I was thinking of using the same diodes and capacitors (new ones)

With these higher current MOSFETS I hope to be able to turn the motor current up to about 700 amps

I will also replace the MIC4451 - I hope I don't damage the control board!

Will I be able to use the current sensor or will I have to upgrade that as well

Or am I barking up the wrong tree altogether?
IIRC, the limiting factor in the 500A controller is more the diodes then the fets. I would say upgrade the diodes and you can probably push it to 700A as long as the controller stays cool.

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Thanks Adam,
I am starting from an empty board so-
I am thinking of
MOSFETS - Gigamos - IXFK140N25T -
140amps, 255nC, 250volts - slightly more current but 50 more volts

Diodes - SBR60A300PT-ND -
60amps, - 300volts - the reverse recovery is not as good 55nS as opposed to 27nS
Is that a killer???

Capacitors - EET-ED2E681CA
680uF - 250volts,

This would enable me to increase the voltage - ~ 180v??

I would like to increase the voltage as I am sagging a lot - I only have a small pack

2P - 44S of 16Ah Headway cells

I do intend increasing my pack size as soon as I can afford it
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Im not sure exactly, but 250V parts are probably still cutting it a little close. Also, 60A diodes will never get you to 700A total.

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Im not sure exactly, but 250V parts are probably still cutting it a little close. Also, 60A diodes will never get you to 700A total.

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Hi Adam
the standard 500amp board diodes are 30A - STTH6002CW - I had assumed that the switching was done by the MOSFETS and the diodes were there to allow the stored energy to go away before the next cycle
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Whoops, Sorry about that. I forgot they were a dual package diode. They still share one leg so keep that in mind.

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Whoops, Sorry about that. I forgot they were a dual package diode. They still share one leg so keep that in mind.

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Sorry to be a numpty but I still don't understand - ??

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