Weber and Coulomb's MX-5

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Re: Weber and Coulomb's MX-5

Post by jonescg » Wed, 10 Jan 2018, 16:25

weber wrote:
Mon, 29 Feb 2016, 03:54
And with the auxiliary battery fixed, it became worthwhile to fix the power steering, again with help from Bladecar.
For some reason I found myself looking at radio controlled hobby motors and found some in-runner motors that spin up to 5000 rpm and are good for about 2 kW. I thought to myself maybe these could be good for driving power steering pumps in conversions where replacing the power steering system with a complete electric system would be too difficult.

Do you think it's possible to use one of these motors:
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And one of these speed controllers:
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And control the speed of the motor (and therefore power consumption) by making it inversely proportional to the speed of the vehicle?

I have no idea how much power a power steering unit needs, but surely a 1 kW brushless motor is up to the task?
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Re: Weber and Coulomb's MX-5

Post by weber » Wed, 10 Jan 2018, 16:54

Not really sure Chris. I suspect it might be a bit too high speed and low torque. But mine is current limited to 30 A at 12 V (360 W) so maybe.
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