Introduction
Every simulation is only an approximation to reality. Tests with physical drive systems are therefore preferable. For good results, it is worth testing several drives in parallel, as tolerances will lead to deviations in the results.
maxon is not specialized in the simulation of drives. We test the physical drives (motors) directly. However, since we are receiving more and more requests for simulations, we have created this document. Here you will find answers to common questions. If your question is not answered here, please first search for solutions on the Internet, since we probably cannot help you either.
If you are familiar with simulations and discover errors in this document, please report them to us. We have made the document to the best of our knowledge, but we cannot rule out errors.
maxon motor data
You can find information about the motor data on our website (www.maxongroup.com) or in the maxon catalog (epaper.maxongroup.com).
Motor data are subject to tolerances and often depend on the environmental conditions, the way of installation and the parameters and properties of the control loop. A warm motor is different from a cold one.
Please also note the maxon standard specification 100 (DC motor) or 101 (EC motor) in the catalog (Catalog 2023 on page 88) and the explanation of terminology in the beginning of each capture in the catalog.
Explanation videos
We have prepared a few short videos where you can learn which motor data are important and how the data are to be interpreted. You can find the complete list of all videos at academy.maxongroup.com.
An extract in this table:
 maxon motor data 1: The operation range limits  
 maxon motor data 2: The speedtorque line  
 maxon motor data 3: The windings  
 Commutation maxon DC Motor  
 Block commutation of a brushless maxon ECmotor  
 Commutation multipole maxon ECmotor  
 Brushed vs Brushless DC motor  
 Motor & Drive selection 

BLDC / EC motors (brushless design)
A BLDC motor is only fully defined together with the commutation electronics. The data in the catalog apply using a simple block commutation.
For sinusoidal commutation or FOC (fieldoriented control), the motor parameters are different.
Constants
The motor constants describe the general behavior. They have tolerances of up to about 10% and change with motor temperature. The values given in the maxon catalog apply to maxon standard conditions of 25°C. (for BLDC motors read capture 2.2 in this document).
Speed/torque gradient Δn/ΔM [rpm/mNm] (catalog line 14)
The speed/torque gradient indicates how much speed is lost with increasing torque. The smaller the value, the more powerful the motor and consequently the less the motor speed changes upon load variations. The speed/torque gradient is constant for most motors and can be calculated by the quotient of ideal no load speed and ideal stall torque. However, the hotter the motor gets, the weaker the motor and the value increases.
For motors with cored windings (maxon flat, ECi, frameless and ECX TORQUE), the speed torque line is not a straight line. The speed/torque gradient is not constant and depends on speed. In the continuous operation range, the speed/torque gradient can be approximated using the following formula:
Motor constant K [NmW^{1/2}]
In the literature, one often finds the motor constant K instead of the speed/torque gradient. The motor constant gives the amount of torque per square root of power loss. The relation between the two parameters is (in appropriate units)
To get maxon units, the speed/torque gradient can be calculated as follows:
The motor equation, i.e. the dependence of the angular velocity ω on the torque M, can be rewritten as:
Torque constant kM [mNm/A] (catalog line 12)
The torque constant gives the proportional relation between input current and output torque. The torque constant is a design parameter, including geometry and the magnetic field density and the winding. The physics behind is that of the force felt by a currentcarrying wire in an external magnetic field (Lorentz force).
Torque and current are strictly proportional for coreless maxon motors. The two are equivalent for a given motor. This allows to use a motor as a torque probe; all you have to do is to measure the current.
For motors with iron core, the proportionality still holds for realistic current values. Only at extremely high currents (that can hardly ever be reached) the produced torque would be smaller due to saturation effects in the iron core.
Speed constant kn [rpm/V] (catalog line 13)
The speed constant is the inverse of the generator constant. They both give describe the proportionality between motor speed and induced voltage (back EMF). The speed constant is mostly used to calculate the ideal noload speed for a given input voltage, friction losses not considered.
The speed constant is the inverted value of the torque constant.
Back EMF constant or generator constant kG [V/rpm]
Hence, the back EMF constant is identical to the torque constant (line 12 in the catalog). Only given in different units (Nm/A · π/30 = V/rpm).
Induction
Inductance is defined as the ratio of the induced voltage to the rate of change of current causing it. It is a proportionality factor that depends on the geometry of circuit conductors and the magnetic permeability of nearby materials. The inductance is therefore dependent on the current signal (sine, block, trapezoidal) and the respective frequency.
Terminal inductance L [mH] (line 11)
The catalog value is the winding inductance when stationary and measured at 1 kHz, sinusoidal. The effective motor inductance in the case of square PWM excitation only amounts to approx. 3080% of the catalog value.
d and q axis stator selfinductance Ld / Lq [mH]
For almost all maxon EC motors, we have L_{d }= L_{q }= 1/2 L_{ph}_{ph}(where L_{ph}_{ph} is the catalog value phase to phase)
Exceptions are the ECi High torque and the ECX TORQUE motors, where Ld < Lq. The difference is small (approx. 10%) and needs not to be taken care of in fieldoriented control (FOC), since the goal is to minimize the field current I_{d}.
Leakage/Mutual inductance L_{M} [mH]
The mutual inductance arises from the current flowing in one winding that induces a voltage in an adjacent winding. For the sake of simplicity, we assume the perfect motor. The mutual inductance is half the selfinductance. The exact calculation is complicated, on the Internet you will find ways how you can calculate it without further information by maxon.
ZeroSequence Inductance L_{0} [mH]
According to the equation L_{0} = L  2 L_{M}, an ideal motor has a zero ZS inductance (L_{0 }= 0).
Stator inductance fluctuation Lx [mH]
This value is the fluctuation in selfinductance and mutual inductance with changing rotor angle.
Lx = 0.5 · (L_{d}  L_{q})
Rotor damping: Friction and iron losses
Rotor damping in the motors stem from friction in bearings and at the brushes as well as from iron losses (hysteresis and eddy currents). In the maxon catalog, the damping is given as the noload current (tolerance ±50%) corresponding to a friction torque (M_{R} = I_{0} · k_{M}) at noload speed.
Rotor damping is approximated by two parameters, a constant damping torque and a speed dependent damping parameter (viscous).
 M_{VA} [mNm] constant factor (static damping)
 c_{5} [nNm/rpm] speed dependent factor (viscous damping)
For maxon DC motors, the speeddependent factor (c_{5}) is rather small. For most practical purposes we can neglect the speed dependency of the noload current. For EC motors, c_{5} might have a larger influence due to the strong speed dependency of the eddy current loss friction torque (M_{R} = I_{0} · k_{M}) at noload speed.es.
The values for M_{VA} and c_{5} cannot be found in the maxon catalog specification, only the combined noload current value at noload speed. If you need static and viscous damping parameters, open a support ticket with the part number of the motor.
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