Hi there. I’m a programming mentor trying to gain some knowledge for my team. We are trying to reduce weight right now and one option that we have is to replace the two CIM motors we have for our shooter with 775 pros. The build team is reluctant to do so since we have a history of burning these motors up in past years when using them for mechanisms such as arms and climbers. My current understanding is that we are only at risk at burning them up if we stall them, which I think is low risk in our shooter this year. Can someone explain to me, in laymen terms so that I can relay the info back to my team, what considerations do we need to take into account to help us assure ourselves that we are not at high risk of burning out the motors regularly? We are using Java and TalonsSRXs, so if the answer lies in the programming (like current limiting) we can handle that.
Also, on a mechanical front, can someone explain the pros and cons to me of gearing the motors down for our shooting application? We have a setup with wheels on both sides of the power cell spinning to project them. My basic understanding is that the wheels will spin faster with no gearing, but what’s the expected outcome when the power cell hits the wheels? Would they pretty much instantly stop due to the lack of power (is Torque the right word?).
Thanks for helping the computer guy understand the world of physics.