Whenever a robotics hobbyist talk about making a robot, the first thing comes to his mind is making the robot move on the ground. And there are always two options in front of the designer whether to use a DC motor or a stepper motor. When it comes to speed, weight, size, cost... DC motors are always preffered over stepper motors. There are many things which you can do with your DC motor when interfaced with a microcontroller. For example you can control the speed of motor, you can control the direction of rotation, you can also do encoding of the rotation made by DC motor i.e. keeping track of how many turns are made by your motors etc. So you can see DC motors are no less than a stepper motor.

In this part of tutorial we will learn to interfacing a DC motor with a microcontroller. Usually H-bridge is preffered way of interfacing a DC motor. These days many IC manufacturers have H-bridge motor drivers available in the market like L293D is most used H-Bridge driver IC. H-bridge can also be made with the help of trasistors and MOSFETs etc. rather of being cheap, they only increase the size of the design board, which is somtimes not required so using a small 16 pin IC is preffered for this purpose.

Working Theory of H-Bridge

The name "H-Bridge" is derived from the actual shape of the switching circuit which control the motoion of the motor. It is also known as "Full Bridge". Basically there are four switching elements in the H-Bridge as shown in the figure below.

Basic H-bridge

As you can see in the figure above there are four switching elements named as "High side left", "High side right", "Low side right", "Low side left". When these switches are turned on in pairs motor changes its direction accordingly. Like, if we switch on High side left and Low side right then motor rotate in forward direction, as current flows from Power supply through the motor coil goes to ground via switch low side right. This is shown in the figure below.

Motor rotation in forward direction

Similarly, when you switch on low side left and high side right, the current flows in opposite direction and motor rotates in backward direction. This is the basic working of H-Bridge. We can also make a small truth table according to the switching of H-Bridge explained above.

Truth Table
High Left High Right Low Left Low Right Description
On Off Off On Motor runs clockwise
Off On On Off Motor runs anti-clockwise
On On Off Off Motor stops or decelerates
Off Off On On Motor stops or decelerates

As already said, H-bridge can be made with the help of trasistors as well as MOSFETs, the only thing is the power handling capacity of the circuit. If motors are needed to run with high current then lot of dissipation is there. So head sinks are needed to cool the circuit.

Now you might be thinkin why i did not discuss the cases like High side left on and Low side left on or high side right on and low side right on. Clearly seen in the diagra, you don't want to burn your power supply by shorting them. So that is why those combinations are not discussed in the truth table.

So we have seen that using simple switching elements we can make our own H-Bridge, or other option we have is using an IC based H-bridge driver. Both of them are discussed in the next section of the tutorial.

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Thu Jan 29 2015, 11:24 AM
durai
I found discussion relevant to my problem (link:http://www.8051projects.net/t59199/gsm-cdma-discussion/flashing-new-firmware-in-sim900-modem.htm) but i could not find the project mentioned in that discusion
Thu Jan 29 2015, 11:21 AM
durai
Hi i am using a SIM/900A GSM modem, I want to send email with an attachement using a microcontroller but when i try to use AT_Email commands it gives me error,I think modem doesnot support those commands,is there any other way to send mail using that modem??
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Thu Jan 29 2015, 06:54 AM
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Thu Jan 29 2015, 01:17 AM
bhagyesh.bhavasar/gaurav.k I can post with Firefox. Can you try other browsers ?
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Wed Jan 28 2015, 08:08 AM
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Wed Jan 28 2015, 08:07 AM
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Tue Jan 27 2015, 11:06 AM
i want to share my project but there is problem occurred during postng
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Tue Jan 27 2015, 05:58 AM
@ExperimentalUK i have used that purple button but same as previous it takes me to blank page
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Sun Jan 25 2015, 08:10 PM
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Sun Jan 25 2015, 08:04 PM
@gaurav.k Use the purple "Post reply" button. Green buttons often present a fresh edit box.

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