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Re: Electric kart

Postby Doctorbass » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:06 am

Here are some description of the errors of Sevcon:

http://acgcars.us/support/SEVCON_Faults_Table.pdf

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Re: Electric kart

Postby nuxland » Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:15 am

Finally solved my DSP error problem and it was a very easy fix.
Just I did not saw that before that in motor signal wire socket one of the female pins were bad.
And then male pin inside female pin was moving and there was contact and not contact depending of the movement.
But to get to the cause I resoldered just in case male part of that socket and event opened motor encoder area to see are there everything ok.
And I tested with tester wires between motor and socket and between sevcon and socket and these were good. And only then I bothered to look at the socket itself :wink:

replaced this bad pin and now everything works like new.
Here is picture of that bad pin :twisted:
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Re: Electric kart

Postby Badkad » Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:13 pm

Where can I get that Z-force motor from?
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Re: Electric kart

Postby nuxland » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:04 am

Badkad wrote:Where can I get that Z-force motor from?

I got my motor from this thread, but that was a year ago :)
https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=81009
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Re: Electric kart

Postby nuxland » Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:52 am

Tested Zero air-through cooling this weekend in a race that was very acceleration and braking intensive and motor was not able to cool itself enough by pumping air through by itself.
Theoretically inner rotor should act as tesla turbine and I actually felt the air through motor very well when wheels in air and rotating in 5000rpm.
So it seems I need to install active air cooling, two powerful centrifugal vents to pump air trough at faster speed that motor itself can do :)
Video of first race when I hit the wall, because I lost rear brakes also due overheating :(
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEmZBzaQNuo
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Re: Electric kart

Postby nuxland » Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:09 pm

Installed forced air cooling to the motor and tested acceleration.
This should be not official word record with electric kart acceleration.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Xp41u1y9KI
2,640 seconds to 100km/h and 0-60mph is even faster in 2.577 seconds as 60mph=96,5km/h

This should be current official record I think to 60mph
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0b6UoxqrPE

But in that track forced cooling is not enough for 10 laps. I can do sprint like 7 or 8 laps only.
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Re: Electric kart

Postby amberwolf » Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:28 pm

As an experiment you might try flipping the fans and expanding the duct so that they suck the air thru the motor instead of trying to force it in.

When I did computer cooling I found that worked better (less noise, which means less turbulence, less wasted power, more cooling airflow).


Or use a single larger fan shaped just like those but with it's intake the size of the outlet ring on the motor, and place it directly against that outlet ring (or spaced a short distance away with a ring between them).
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Re: Electric kart

Postby Hillhater » Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:37 pm

Very impressive 0-100 run.....mainly because i dont figure how you got enough grip.
Every kart i have used (regular 2t race karts) have always had more power than grip..even with good warm tyres.?
Also , depending on your definition od a "kart" , im sure you are aware of the 1.51 sec time from this...
https://youtu.be/n2XiCYA3C9s
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Re: Electric kart

Postby nuxland » Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:38 am

amberwolf wrote:As an experiment you might try flipping the fans and expanding the duct so that they suck the air thru the motor instead of trying to force it in.
Or use a single larger fan shaped just like those but with it's intake the size of the outlet ring on the motor, and place it directly against that outlet ring (or spaced a short distance away with a ring between them).

Can't do that because motor has opening around encoder in one side and opening in the edges in sprocket side. So rotor itself using tsentrifugal force will push air from encoder side to sprocket side.
And I can't install blower in sprocket side for sucking air.
I will try to install two more blowers if I have time.
But in the end it is very hard to remove 4kw to 9kw of heat so rapidly like I need in the racetrack.
If I stop then it cools very fast.
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Re: Electric kart

Postby nuxland » Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:20 am

Hillhater wrote:Very impressive 0-100 run.....mainly because i dont figure how you got enough grip.
Every kart i have used (regular 2t race karts) have always had more power than grip..even with good warm tyres.?

When I did acceleration test last year I had old hard tires and outside was 11 degrees.
This time we had soft White VEGA tires that we had run like 20 laps. So grip was very good.
We also started in the corner where there was rubber in asphalt but even then he succeeded to spin tires couple of times :)

Hillhater wrote:Also , depending on your definition od a "kart" , im sure you are aware of the 1.51 sec time from this...
https://youtu.be/n2XiCYA3C9s

Yeah, I know this, but this is 4WD and not comparable to kart. They also have suspensions and bigger tires (wider and bigger in diameter)
But how did they measured the time? Formula student actually have in competition acceleration test, but this is 0 to 75 meters test.
And I would like to officially measure my time, but I do not now what equipment I should use that will make it official?

PS! I also analyzed again and used data from cycle analyst started the clock when speed went to 1km/h.
And with that it's 2,507 to 100kmh. It took 40 meters to reach it.
https://youtu.be/eb4UeH0XcJU
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Re: Electric kart

Postby craigcalfee » Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:20 am

Your fan size seems too small. When we bench tested that motor, a lot of air pressure is generated. That fan doesn't look like it would add much velocity to it. And the ducting is not so good for laminar flow. But good progress! Looking forward to the next improvement!
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Re: Electric kart

Postby Hillhater » Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:55 pm

nuxland wrote:[
Hillhater wrote:Also , depending on your definition od a "kart" , im sure you are aware of the 1.51 sec time from this...
https://youtu.be/n2XiCYA3C9s

Yeah, I know this, but this is 4WD and not comparable to kart. ......

Thats the issue...Once you diverge from the common FIM/CIK specification a "Kart" , (motors, chassis, wheels , tyres etc) then you are in an "unregulated" area and as such there is no restrictions on what you use or what you call it.
there are karts in the USA that run 6", 8", and 10" dia x 10" wide tyres, karts with 4 wheel drive, fully enclosed bodywork, and a whole range of odball drive systems.
But i basicly agree, a "Kart" should have as a base, a solid rear drive axle, no suspension .and a ? Limit on wheel size.
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Re: Electric kart

Postby nuxland » Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:34 am

craigcalfee wrote:Your fan size seems too small. When we bench tested that motor, a lot of air pressure is generated. That fan doesn't look like it would add much velocity to it. And the ducting is not so good for laminar flow. But good progress! Looking forward to the next improvement!

I'm using two of these fans 09533GA-12Q-AA-00 and according to specs they provide good airflow against pressure.
I'm considering to add two more or upgrade to bigger one, but I have little room there so need to think of something.
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Re: Electric kart

Postby fechter » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:21 am

You could bump the fan voltage up to 15-16v. :wink:
It looks like the air passages through the motor are fairly small, so you need those centrifugal blowers. I can't tell from the pics what kind of cross sectional area the air passages have inside.
You could also blow air over the fins on the outside of the motor but it won't be as effective as blowing through the windings.
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Re: Electric kart

Postby nuxland » Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:21 am

They built a brand new kart track near Tartu, Lange. It's not finished yet and will open spring 2018 but they let me try out that track.
In in the same day there were also one guy with Estonian formula student car from the year 2008. So we both tested that track.
I recorded a video also. But as this was our first run on that track we were easy and track was also moist a little bit.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R7st79kbps
I think this was my last driving this year as it's already minus degrees in night time.
I hope I can finish installing second controller + motor + battery to kart and try 1/4 mile next spring with 110kw and 210kg kart :)
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Re: Electric kart

Postby SlowCo » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:36 am

Great video!
Love to see your progress on installing the second controller, motor and battery. Curious what your 1/4 mile time will be :shock:
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