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I found a nearby engine dyno cell that is very interested is seeing what an electric motor does on their dyno. I will be using my Warp 9 with 84s of Leaf cells and a Zilla 2K EHV.

Does anyone have any suggestions on data points to collect?

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re: 84s, do you mean 7.5vx84 or 3.75vx84?

"Obviously" we want to know motor voltage and current vs battery voltage and current vs rpm and torque, and motor temp (might do battery temp/controller temp). Not sure what to add.
 

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The pulls will be shorter than a drag run, so not sure how relevant the motor temps will be.

I'm tempted to find peak torque, then basic fractions of that to map out efficiency.

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oh sure, if you can do multiple runs definitely would be interesting to see battery power vs motor electrical power vs different rpms and torques at something besides full throttle (though motor temp might come in to play).
 

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Yeah, agreed on the temp there.

He is used to people bringing in newly built engines that need initial start, break-in, then tuning. So the lack of break-in and tuning is what he's looking forward to most.

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I found a nearby engine dyno cell that is very interested is seeing what an electric motor does on their dyno.
The pulls will be shorter than a drag run, so not sure how relevant the motor temps will be.
If they're that short, that suggests to me that it's not much of a dyno - probably just one of those flywheel machines that can't apply a sustained load. Unless you're assessing performance specifically for drag racing, I'm not sure how useful this will be, and all data will be peak values rather than continuous.

It would be nice if the run could start from zero speed, run to the maximum operating speed of the motor, and as dcb suggested be repeated at different voltages. If you really want to map out efficiency, you need to cover the map, not just the full-power edge of it. The dyno probably won't measure anything other than the speed of the rollers/flywheel, and will calculate power and torque from that.
 

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and all data will be peak values rather than continuous.
Well, it will be continuous acceleration data :)


and as dcb suggested be repeated at different voltages.
FWIW I Wasn't suggesting different voltages (i.e. change pack voltage), just different motor current levels. i.e. a run at 2000 amps (probably gotta limit the pack above 1000 rpm), 1500, 1000, 500, 100. I don't expect any surprises, just something of an efficiency map in the data. Or to keep it simple, just different throttle settings. Oh don't forget to capture throttle setting.

edit: evtv did a number of pulls @ 1000 amps. They got a more complete picture with it in top gear.
http://evtv.me/2011/11/elecobra-the-thrill-of-victory-and-the-agony-of-the-feet/
 

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It would be nice if the run could start from zero speed, run to the maximum operating speed of the motor, and as dcb suggested be repeated at different voltages. If you really want to map out efficiency, you need to cover the map, not just the full-power edge of it.
FWIW I Wasn't suggesting different voltages (i.e. change pack voltage), just different motor current levels.
Sure, that would probably be easier to manage, and achieves the same result of covering the range of operating conditions. Different motor current (at the same speed) will mean different motor voltages (at that same speed)... and of course I did mean motor voltage, not pack voltage; why would anyone change the pack to test the motor? That would be like changing the entire fuel and induction systems of an engine instead of just running at part-throttle. :confused:
 

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and of course I did mean motor voltage, not pack voltage; why would anyone change the pack to test the motor?
I don't know, that is why I made the correction to motor CURRENT (~throttle/torque) not voltage. The current is what is being controlled, so why would you suggest controlling the motor voltage?
 

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... that is why I made the correction to motor CURRENT (~throttle/torque) not voltage.
It's not a correction, since there was nothing incorrect; however, since you're still beating the dead horse with essentially the same remark, the answer is the same:
Sure, that would probably be easier to manage, and achieves the same result of covering the range of operating conditions. Different motor current (at the same speed) will mean different motor voltages (at that same speed)...

The current is what is being controlled, so why would you suggest controlling the motor voltage?
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If you really want to map out efficiency, you need to cover the map, not just the full-power edge of it.
If all you have is the throttle pedal input to a controller, then it would make sense to run the thing at something like 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and full, because that will still cover the operating condition range. :)
 

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Any feedback you could share from these tests?
I'm still in Europe. I won't be able to get it before January.

Thank you for the interest!

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Maybe we could go with you. I would like to dyno my motor. We are in houston. What part of central TX are you?
John, I'm in the Ft. Hood area, an hour north of Austin. Unfortunately I still haven't been paid from my last deployment, so I still don't have batteries to test with.

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