[Lab] human powered art
Richard Guy Briggs
rgb at tricolour.net
Tue Jan 25 00:25:18 EST 2011
On Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 12:20:02PM -0500, Darcy Whyte wrote:
> Hi Richard,
> What it looks like though is that those go-kart motors are attractive. Also
> the home made generators (parts from volvo and such) look good but I think
> the go-kart is a little more accessible to me at the moment so I will
> probably look at that.
> Plus if I ever get the urge to make a motorized scooter I'd have the motor
> on hand.
> I'm pretty sure the steppers are too small (and the go-kart industry is
> price friendly as it's also a scaled up industry).
> Not only that you get DC out of the go-kart motors which might be more
> I was at Princes Auto yesterday and they didn't have anything like it
> floating around.
Hmmm, I had wondered if they might have anything like it...
> So I will start a prototype using one of those motors.
> I guess once I get one or two of those motors I can start to look at
> different ways to drive it with human power.
So do you have a local source for them yet? Or are you going to mail
order them? I'd be curious to grab a couple if you do.
> -user pushes a wheel around
> -user rows
> -user pedals
> -user wears a harness and pulls cable off a spool to create rotary motion
> -user wears a harness and does squats to pull row spool. (two people could
> do a teeter totter action like that
> -user hand cranks
> -user pulls a rope like a tug-a-war
> Obviously to get the big power we're going to need the legs in on this.
I suspect that something recumbent with pedals is going to be the most
efficient and comfortable.
> On Sun, Jan 16, 2011 at 8:38 PM, Richard Guy Briggs <rgb at tricolour.net>wrote:
> > On Sat, Jan 15, 2011 at 06:12:24PM -0500, Richard Guy Briggs wrote:
> > > On Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 07:14:29AM -0500, Darcy Whyte wrote:
> > > > I would like to make a human powered generator for an art project.
> > > > I am curious if a couple of NEMA 34 motors is large enough to capture
> > all
> > > > the power that a human can generate.
> > > Do you have a link for your NEMA 34 motor specs? I've seen anywhere
> > > from 50W up to 500, so it sounds like those might work!
> > > > I'm suspecting that a stepper motor is a good candidate to make the
> > > > electricity. I think the first part of the project is to make up some
> > BOMs
> > > > that show what motor to use, the RPM that it would require and parts
> > for a
> > > > rectifier and whatever else is necessary to operate in these
> > applications.
> > >
> > > I've got lots of small ones, so I can try some tests and see. I
> > > wouldn't have thought they would work because the rotor I thought was
> > > unmagnetized steel.
> > I now understand that NEMA 34 is a mounting plate standard.
> > So, looking through my box, I have one NEMA 34 motor and four NEMA 23,
> > plus about eight NEMA 17 or smaller as well as a bunch of other smaller
> > assorted steppers.
> > The NEMA 34 is a Matsushita 1HHS-486CS, 6V, 2.2ohm, 1.8 deg/step 6-wire
> > unipolar. I can't find any info about it on the net. My guess is it
> > its max rating is around 36W, maybe double that depending on how they
> > rate them.
> > Hooking up a bridge rectifier across each coil, using a cordless drill,
> > I was able to get .5A short circuit and beyond 12v out of it open
> > circuit. Using various loads, I think I was able to get as much as 12W
> > out of it. It wasn't exhaustive, but I think that was somewhere near
> > the peak. I may have been able to get more with a higher speed.
> > One of the NEMA 23 motors is a Matsushita 1HHS-457CH 24V, 26ohm,
> > 1.8deg/step 6-wire unipolar. Didn't find anything on it either. Again
> > my guess is 48 or maybe 96W.
> > Short: 0.16A, Open: 170V Most I was able to get was about 8 Watts out
> > of it.
> > These motors look pretty underpowered compared with some of the specs
> > I've seen on the net... This isn't surprising since I think these are
> > 20 years old.
> > Darcy, do you have any part numbers or specs for your steppers?
> > > slainte mhath, RGB
> > slainte mhath, RGB
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