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I'm currently running an AC-20 and a Curtis 1238-7501 (550A model). Nominal pack voltage: 103v

If I do 100% throttle from a stop, the amps never reach the same amount that I get from doing 100% throttle from a roll accelerating up to top speed.

Both circumstances accelerate well enough, but there's definitely better acceleration while rolling. The question is, what do you think might be causing this?

I wanted to start by asking if anyone else experiences this with their HPEVS motors and Curtis controllers. If not, I guess I'll have to dig into my settings for people to help me diagnose this.
 

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is there a way to "prime" the rotor flux before launch?
I suppose I could. I understand the reason for a lack of torque from a dead stop. The weird part is that it doesn't have the same current at equivalent speeds higher up.

Say I have my car in 1st gear with a 45 mph top speed.

My amps (acceleration) during a 20 mph punch is fantastic, near peak controller output.

When doing max acceleration from a stop, the amps are nowhere near as high at the same speed.

It should have gotten over the initial lack of torque due to a weak initial field by that speed. Right?
 

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can you clarify if you mean battery amps or motor amps? battery amps is always going to be lower at the start.

It is possible, even likely, the controller is waiting for a "good" speed signal before dumping lots of amps too, or other slew variable.

but doing a brake torque launch might prove informative (w/out wheels spinning, just loading the motor at 0 rpm).
 

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can you clarify if you mean battery amps or motor amps? battery amps is always going to be lower at the start.

It is possible, even likely, the controller is waiting for a "good" speed signal before dumping lots of amps too, or other slew variable.

but doing a brake torque launch might prove informative (w/out wheels spinning, just loading the motor at 0 rpm).

Battery amps. Either way, the battery amps never match between the two scenarios.
 

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I don't know how you tweak these controllers, but I would have a look at the parameters on the top of page 31 here (i.e. full Accel Rate LS), and make sure you consistently apply the throttle during testing (and note the values, as well as the rotor time constant).


http://www.thunderstruck-ev.com/Manuals/1234_36_38 Manual Rev Feb 09.pdf

That wouldn't apply to the situation because it is in "torque mode". Torque mode basically sets throttle response to correspond to amps (torque). In speed mode, throttle response would correspond to a specific motor speed, which would not behave like a normal car.
 

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It *should* affect how quickly it responds to the throttle, they have one for low speed and one for high speed. and low speed has a low throttle and a high throttle version. I assume you want the "punch it" version. So that it can take up to 30 seconds to get up to full torque(motor current) limited by the firmware setting, or as little as 0.1 second, regardless how hard you are pressing on the throttle.

if you get a look at the parameters and Full Accel Rate HS and Full Accel Rate LS and they are vastly different, that might explain most of the difference as well. And you can apparently set the threshold between LS and HS.

I'm just guessing though, you will need to sort out a programmer and have a look.
 

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I don't know how you tweak these controllers, but I would have a look at the parameters on the top of page 31 here (i.e. full Accel Rate LS), and make sure you consistently apply the throttle during testing (and note the values, as well as the rotor time constant).


http://www.thunderstruck-ev.com/Manuals/1234_36_38 Manual Rev Feb 09.pdf
Actually use the accel rate setting as seen at top of page 35 when in torque control. There's no LS or HS with that one.

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I see the distinction now, thanks!.

A bit of creep torque might help too, but could be problematic.
I thought about that. Not sure it'd help with harder launch. I have creep in my factory EV (Think City). I really like driving with it. After years in conversions and racers without creep I was unsure about the feature when I got the Think 6 years ago. But quickly grew to like the feature. Really nice for parking and inching forwards, or backwards.

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Actually use the accel rate setting as seen at top of page 35 when in torque control. There's no LS or HS with that one.

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Yeah, my Accel Rate is definitely already set at 0.1 seconds, it's at max current, and 8000 rpm limit. I'm not sure what else I can play with at this point. I have a hacked programmer, so I could mess around with other settings if people have ideas.

It's not bad by any means; I can certainly live with how it is, but I figured I'd ask if I could get some improvement for free with some tweaking.
 

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I'd try adding some creep torque, so you have to push the brake pedal to keep it from moving ahead, like in a car with automatic transmission. Just a guess, but it might keep the motor excited.
 

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Hi there,

I had the same set-up in my motorbike, AC-20 with Curtis controller at 103 V. I also felt the acceleration was less strong from dead stop than at speed.

I then changed for AC-30, and the acceleration from dead stop is much better, then becoming less than AC-20 at above 80 km/h for my gear ratio (7:1)

I attach my .cpf file that i exported from my Curtis, you should be able to open it with your Curtis software, just don't upload it to your controller as-is though, but you can compare the parameters

details of my build here: zvexx.com
 

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