Spining BLDC(Gimbal) motors at super slooooooow speeds with Arduino and L6234
First of all You won’t find here any information on high speed BLDC motor driving. For that purpose You need to know rotor’s position, so You have to measure back-EMF or use Hall sensors (not needed here).
For basic info about driving BLDC motors here is best “classic” articles on internets:
Driving a three-phase brushless DC motor with Arduino – Part 1. Theory
I used specialized triple half bridge IC L6234 (~ 8$). You can make the same spending less money (but more time) with MOSFET transistors or other IC.
But be careful, I found a lot of cases in various forums, where people burned their Arduinos or L6234 chips.
I also very recommend to study (or/and purchase) this open hardware driver board based on L6234 BLDC Motor Driver by Michael Anton. It has input protecting resistors, zeners, power supply/filtering components and even back-EMF sensing circuit with amplifier (not used here).
L6234 datasheet is surprisingly useless. Go straight to Application Note AN1088 instead.
My setup of Arduino and DIY driver-board
This Post / Project can also be found using search terms:
- brushless motor position control arduino