We are currently having a few problems getting our flywheels to keep at a constant RPM. We have tried both a Bang-Bang controller, the Talon SRX’s built in speed PID, and even the standard LabVIEW PID controller. I’m thinking that our wheels are too light, but would like a second opinion on this.
775 Pro Motor
3:1 Versaplanetary Gearbox
Versaplanetary Integrated Encoder installed after the 3:1 stage (between the stage and output shaft)
Andymark 4" plaction wheel with hex hub direct driven off the gearbox
The encoder gets a clean signal in (verified by using just the joystick to drive the motor). When we use the CTRE speed example, the flywheel oscillates back and forth. We also tried using the LabVIEW PID with a high output of 1 and a low output of 0. We got better results with that, as it did not constantly kick back and forth. When trying the bang-bang controller, the motor would overshoot the desired RPM almost instantly, then stop outputting altogether until it dropped back below that RPM, effectively pulsing the motor over and over.
We were able to get closest with the LabVIEW PID function, but it would still pulse constantly. High P numbers would get it to take off too fast and pulse at a slower rate. Low P numbers (very low, like .00001) would even out the pulses to a point, but eventually would not even drive the motor due to it being too low.
Any help, whitepapers we should look at, etc. would be greatly appreciated. We are at the point where we would almost just scale the voltage instead of the speed control. Should we add weight inside the wheel to give it a bit more momentum?