►Introduction

This section of tutorial will explain you everything that you need to know about stepper motors. Stepper motors can be used in various areas of your microcontroller projects such as making robots, robotic arm, automatic door lock system etc. This tutorial will explain you construction of stepper motors (unipolar and bipolar stepper motors ), basic pricipal, different controlling types (Half step and Full step), Interfacing Techniques (using L293D or ULN2003) and programming your microcontroller in C and assembly to control stepper motor.


Unipolar stepper motor
The unipolar stepper motor has five or six wires and four coils (actually two coils divided by center connections on each coil). The center connections of the coils are tied together and used as the power connection. They are called unipolar steppers because power always comes in on this one pole.


Bipolar stepper motor
The bipolar stepper motor usually has four wires coming out of it. Unlike unipolar steppers, bipolar steppers have no common center connection. They have two independent sets of coils instead. You can distinguish them from unipolar steppers by measuring the resistance between the wires. You should find two pairs of wires with equal resistance. If you've got the leads of your meter connected to two wires that are not connected (i.e. not attached to the same coil), you should see infinite resistance (or no continuity).




As already said, we will talk mostly on "Unipolar stepper motors" which is most common type of stepper motor available in the market.A simple example of 6 lead step motor is given below and in 5 lead step motor wire 5 and 6 are joined together to make 1 wire as common.


Unipolar stepper motor coils


►Working of Stepper Motor

Now lets discuss the operation pricipal of a stepper motor. When we energize a coil of stepper motor, The shaft of stepper motor (which is actually a permanent magnet) align itself according to poles of energized coil. So when motor coils are energized in a particular sequence, motor shaft tend to align itself according to pole of coils and hence rotates. A small example of energizing operation is given below.

working principal of stepper motor


You can see in the example, when coil "A" is energized, A north-south polarity is generated at "A+A\" as shown in the figure above and magnetic shaft automatically align itself according to the poles generated. When the next coil is energized the shaft again align itself and take a step. Hence the working pricipal.

working principal of stepper motor


We have seen that to make the stepper motor work, we need to energize coil in a sqeuence. The explaination and generation of the sequence is explaind in the next section of the tutorial.


◄ Previous Page  |  Next Page ►

DC Motor Tutorial Index
Introduction to Stepper Motors
Stepper Motor Connections
Step Sequence of Stepper Motors
Programming for Stepper Motor

Conversation

Sat Nov 01 2014, 08:54 AM
1
-1'
Sat Nov 01 2014, 08:54 AM
1
1
ExperimenterUK
Thu Oct 30 2014, 06:02 PM
This is a chat box..create a thread if you need help...but we don't do homework
Tue Oct 28 2014, 07:33 PM
vinni
hi rickey...anyone got the pgm...pls gimme now
Tue Oct 28 2014, 06:35 PM
potla
hi vinni even i need that program. help me if you get it
Tue Oct 28 2014, 03:22 PM
vinni
1. Using a look-up table in Flash ROM and accumulator offset indexed addressing mode, write a program that acts as a timer. The timer should count from 0 to 59 seconds. After reaching 59, it should go back to 0 on the next second and continue to count up. The timer should use the seven-segment display. The look-up table should contain information on how to display the digits 0 – 9 on the seven-segment display
Tue Oct 28 2014, 03:22 PM
vinni
hello Rickey..i need this pgm very urgently
Tue Oct 28 2014, 01:42 AM
Boy Donald
Dear sir, thanks before. i have some project urgent for my school and my project need this digital countdown timer using 7 segmen display. but your project only show ten minutes countdown, i need your help, can you show me more to change the minute or set the time manually. thank you, sorry for disturbing you.
Tue Oct 28 2014, 01:32 AM
Boy Donald
dear sir
Tue Oct 28 2014, 01:19 AM
Boy Donald
Rickey you inspired me a lot but why i can not change the time ( minute

Downloads

Comments

sanospsa
Fri Oct 31 2014, 09:23 AM
prash5054
Thu Oct 30 2014, 06:34 AM
Max.otto
Mon Oct 27 2014, 01:23 PM
toypoy
Sun Oct 26 2014, 01:06 AM
hiswe
Thu Oct 23 2014, 04:18 PM
pddung93
Sun Oct 19 2014, 01:56 PM
msideal
Thu Oct 16 2014, 08:48 AM
robotgirl
Tue Oct 14 2014, 06:23 PM

Online

Guests: 55, Members: 0 ...

most ever online: 182184
(Members: , Guests: 182184) on 06 Aug 2010: 05:37 AM

Members: 37536
Newest member: sanospsa
Forum Activity
rkodaganur Avatar
Posted By rkodaganur
Fri Oct 31 2014, 01:44 AM
Hi Ajay, I wanted to know can we use transformer ...
Max.otto Avatar
Posted By Max.otto
Thu Oct 30 2014, 11:09 AM
Hello all, before generating i have to give PWM p...
prash5054 Avatar
Posted By prash5054
Thu Oct 30 2014, 06:40 AM
can u post the updated code for the above problem ...
ExperimenterUK Avatar
Posted By ExperimenterUK
Wed Oct 29 2014, 05:36 PM
Thank you for the feedback.It's good to hear when ...
msideal Avatar
Posted By msideal
Tue Oct 28 2014, 05:34 PM
ExperimenterUK: Thankyou so much for helping me......
msideal Avatar
Posted By msideal
Tue Oct 28 2014, 05:18 PM
thanks ExperimenterUK for your help.... I will try...
ExperimenterUK Avatar
Posted By ExperimenterUK
Mon Oct 27 2014, 10:29 PM
Your error seems to be the use of PINC, which is f...
msideal Avatar
Posted By msideal
Mon Oct 27 2014, 05:45 PM
i want to extend my i/o's by writing this code. i ...
Max.otto Avatar
Posted By Max.otto
Mon Oct 27 2014, 01:30 PM
Hi all , i am working with PSoC 5LP. I have contin...
gaurav7577 Avatar
Posted By gaurav7577
Mon Oct 27 2014, 09:53 AM
hello everyone i wanna interface blood pressure se...