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Hey there,

I have been working in a dc motor control project. So far I got the motor running open loop pretty good (clockwise and counter clockwise), and now I wanna implement a closed loop speed feedback. I tried using the quadrature decoder to read the pulses coming from an quadrature incremental encoder. So this is what I read at approx. 1720 rpm

Pulse Count
33133033
Speed
-17034
-36.43

Pulse Count
33130475
Speed
-17296
-36.16

Pulse Count
33127931
Speed
-17003
-36.05

Pulse Count
33125396
Speed
-16801
-37.98

Pulse Count
33122854
Speed
-17035
-36.73

Pulse Count
33120307
Speed
-16784
-36.69

It is negative because its rotating counter clockwise. Why is it too inaccurate? I have attached my project just in case someone wants to take a look at it.

Thanks,

P.D. The motor runs at 4000 rpm max. Encoder specs: 1000 ppr. A, B, and I.

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Is it counting steps accurately? Can you have your stepper spin for a certain amount of steps and see if the count matches what you sent?

Jack.

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Hey Jack,

The decoder is giving me a good reading of getSpeed function type 0 (96MHz clock ticks for 5 A_clock pulses). I am able to compute the RPM and then average 40 readings giving me a pretty good and fast RPM reading. The only issue now is that I get an average RPM = 0 everynow and then. Not sure what could be causing it since decoder seems to be working properly.

I'm using this method to average the RPM: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Smoothing

And this is how Im computing the RPM for example:

Robot_Control_Library.getSpeed(0): 37366

Time for the 5 pulses: 37366 x 10.4ns

5 pulsles out of 1000 ppr = 0.005

V = 0.005 rev / 387us = 12.9 rev/s x 60 = 774 rpm.

In my code, Im computing it as:

Im guessing that the prob is because of the large numbers in the computation ?

Any suggestions ?

Thanks,

Ruben

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Nevermind, I was reading the rpm value from the register where I was sending it. I changed the Serial.print(RPM) and didnt show any 0 anymore lol.

Thanks though!

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Awesome! Looks like you are making steady progress with this. Can you share with us what project you are working on? Pictures would be even better!

Jack.

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Sure thing. I will do that as soon as I finish it.

Erick