Characteristics of a Stepper Motor

The Torque pulse rate Characteristics of a Stepper Motor gives the variation of an electromagnetic torque as a function of stepping rate in pulse per second (PPS). There are two characteristic curves 1 and 2 shown in the figure below. Curve one is denoted by a blue colour line is known as the Pull-in torque. It shows the maximum stepping rate for the various values of the load torque at which the motor can start, synchronise, stop or reverse.

Characteristics of stepper motor fig

Similarly, the curve 2 represented by Red colour line is known as pullout torque characteristics. It shows the maximum stepping rate of the motor where it can run for the various values of load torque. But it cannot start, stop or reverse at this rate.

Let us understand this with the help of an example, considering the above curve.

The motor can start, synchronise and stop or reverse for the load torque ƮL if the pulse rate is less than S1. The stepping rate can be increased for the same load as the rotor started the rotation and synchronised. Now, for the load ƮL1, after starting and synchronising, the stepping rate can be increased up to S2 without losing the synchronism.

If the stepping rate is increased beyond S2, the motor will lose synchronism. Thus, the area between curves 1 and 2 represents the various torque values, the range of stepping rate, which the motors follow without losing the synchronism when it has already been started and synchronised. This is known as Slew Range. The motor is said to operate in slewing mode.

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