Low power DC motors can be easily controlled with half H-bridge IC L293D. This IC is 16-pin IC which can control 2 motors in both directions.
This topic shows how to control DC motor speed and direction with PIC16F84A and L293D motor drive integrated circuit.
The following topic shows how to control a DC motor with PIC16F84A and H-bridge circuit.
DC Motor speed and direction control with PIC16F84A using H-bridge
DC motor control with PIC16F84A and L293D circuit:
Project circuit schematic is shown below
The nominal voltage of the motor is 12V as well as L293D VS input voltage. Always L293D VS voltage is the same as the DC motor voltage and L293D VSS voltage is +5V.
In the circuit there are 5 buttons, the first button which is connected to RB0 pin is used to speed up the motor, and speed down button to decrease motor speed. Third and fourth buttons are used to choose direction rotation of the motor (direction 1 or direction 2). The last button stops the motor no matter what speed or direction.
There are 3 LEDs, LED1 and LED2 are used to indicate motor direction, and the other LED indicates maximum speed, which means when it is on the motor is running at maximum speed.
When speed up button is pressed the PWM duty cycle increases which causes the motor to increase its speed and when the duty cycle = 100 LED 3 turned on. In the other hand if speed down button is pressed the duty cycle decreases and the motor speed also decreases.
If the stop button pressed the motor stops and the 3 LEDs are off.
Software PWM is used wih frequency of 500Hz.
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