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Re: Hard Drive Motors, RSGs and Stuff
Re: Hard drive motors
These motors are relatively low powered. Before getting up any hopes
of running a reasonable size RSG I suggest a simple experiment of merely
trying to spin a smooth disk of the approximate diameter of the proposed
rotor. If all goes well, fine.
Tesla list wrote:
> Original poster: "Christopher Boden" <chrisboden-at-hotmail-dot-com>
> If the specs for a typical hard
> >drive are to be believed, these motors are capable of atleast 3600 RPM.
> 3600 is easy, current drives run around 7200 and up, with the fastest SCSI I
> have seen at 10,000RPM.
> You will need 12VDC to run the motor and 5 VDC for the electronics, they are
> VERY touchy to noise and ripple.
> Remember, the plattens are coated with Iron Oxide (that's why they're brown)
> and are conductive. If you're lucky you'll be able to find an old MFM drive
> (like 5MB or so). It will weigh at least 5 pounds and not have the standard
> IDE connector, but a card-edge type instead. These mostly had seperate
> stepper motors instead of the current trend for a card mounted motor with
> the coils mounted on a card (surface mount, kinda) and the drive being
> through a magnet mounted on a shaft.
> If you do a little hunting, try to find an old AS-400 mainframe or something
> similar. They have >100LBS hard drives that take up like 8U rack spaces.
> These drives work on 240VAC and the drive motors will spin happily on 110
> and have there own power supply units. We have tinkered with this idea for a
> while. With one of the large drives it should work. The plattens are about
> 14"dia and have tons of inertial mass. The motors are VERY powerfull and
> maintain a rock-solid RPM and will live just about forever.
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