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Drives for Formula Student electric powered vehicle

Curtiss-Wright's Industrial division has announced that, via the Lynch Motor Company, it has supplied Sigmadrive motor controllers from PG Drives Technology to Cardiff University's Cardiff Racing Formula Student team.

Throughout 2013/14, Cardiff Racing has taken its first steps in creating an alternative fuel Formula Student car with the production of CRT01, a university research project the team intends to enter in the 2015 Formula Student event. Having designed the drive system for the CRT01 the Cardiff Racing team approached LMC for the supply of two LEM-200 72V, 15kW DC motors and two Sigmadrive PMT835M controllers. The four-quadrant Sigmadrive controllers are supplying each LMC motor separately with a CANbus link to produce a differential effect and provide instant acceleration and regenerative braking to put energy back into the batteries.

The electric drive system on the CRT01 is capable of providing a peak power output of 28.5kW and rated torque of 400Nm at 6000rpm.

PG Drives Technology's Sigmadrive PM motor controllers provide smooth and predictable speed control of permanent magnet traction motors across a wide range of system voltages and power ratings.
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