Controlling the industrial heater (Pt. 2)

A project log for CHANGER - a toolchanger new interpreted

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Simon WirzSimon Wirz 11/18/2020 at 18:590 Comments

Because I wasn't able to control the ptc element with the AC dimmer I've decided to continue the testing. This time I will test various fan speeds and measure the chamber temperature. The ptc element will run at 100% load. 


The test setup from the previous test (testlog from 20.10.2020) as a reminder. The only difference in this test will be the ac dimmer between the fan and the 230 mains voltage. 

Test setup
Test setup, illustrated

The test setup consist of a cardboard box (volume of 0.088m^3) with three 100K temp. sensors.

The exhaust opening is constant throughout the test. The log process remains the same (rampsboard and excel post processing).


I was able to show that it isn't necessary to control the heating element to then control the chamber temperature. For the sensor in the middle (sensor B) are the results:

Like you would expect the temperature rises depending on the fan speed. But keep in mind that I've only tested for 6 minutes and the temperature (30%, 35%) does not seem to be stabilized. But it seems that the amount of air at the intake exeeds the amount of air at the outtake between 35% and 40% because of the delta T of 16°C (high temperature rise) and the suddenly flat gradient of the curve at 40%. The systems seems ''saturated'' at 40% because a further increase of the fan speed doesn't result in a higher chamber temperature. 

For completeness the results of the housing temp (sensor C):

This graph shows the same behaviour. The intersection of the 30% and 35% is due to the different starting temperature. The gradient of the two curves are nearly the same. 

Meaning for the Toolchanger: