So he always stays on course, Jared designed a mechatronic device that simulates perfect steering in an automobile. The small-scale, single-wheel model determines the speed of wheel rotation from the magnitude of the curve it's traveling. It works by setting the initial speed of a PIC-controlled dc motor, then uses a manual-input turn radius to vary the speed of the motor and advance a PIC-controlled stepper motor one visible step (7.5 deg) in the specified direction. To read jared's perfect steering simulation report, click here. To view the microcontroller code, click here.
Perfect Steering Mechanism Parts List
Allied Part #
AC/DC Converter - 5 Vdc 1200 mA
LCD screen (16?~2)
Stepper motor driver chip
20k ohms Potentiometer (LCD contrast)
5V Regulator (NTE-960)
Additional parts required: PIC 16F84A microcontroller, stepper motor, keypad encoder, any small DC motor. To view the PIC diagram, click here.
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