By CNBC The new technology has the potential to dramatically improve the safety and performance of voltage stabilisers.
The electromechanical system developed by a team of researchers at the University of California at Berkeley is a kind of mini-voltage regulator.
It’s designed to prevent the motor from getting too high, and it’s able to do so because it’s a small capacitor.
Its creators claim it’s the first system that can be used to control voltage regulation of voltage-controlled motors in a way that hasn’t been done before.
“We are really looking at a different type of voltage regulator,” Dr. John Hickey, the team’s lead author, said in a statement.
“It’s not going to be a linear regulator that you have to make many steps to do.
It works in a very small region, and when you’re controlling voltage in this region, you can actually control the voltage as well.”
In a typical voltage-control circuit, the voltage across a resistor is applied to the motor.
The researchers’ method allows them to use a tiny capacitor, known as a capacitance, that they placed in the motor’s current path to control the motor and to increase the voltage.
“In a linear voltage regulator, you would have to do a lot of steps to increase a voltage, and if you want to do that you need to make a lot more steps, and that is expensive,” said Dr. Andrew Fuchs, the lead author.
In other words, the researchers are hoping that by placing a small capacitance in the current path, they can allow them to make better use of that voltage.
The researchers are now looking to use the technology to control more complex circuits.
“What we’re doing is using this technology to design and build a much more robust voltage regulator that will not only be safer but will also allow us to do more complex control of voltage that is not possible in the voltage regulator of today,” Dr Hickey said.
Researchers have been working on the technology for years.
“For many years, we’ve been trying to figure out how to control motor currents with a linear voltmeter,” Dr Fuchs said.
“But the current current standard is to have a very low current, and we haven’t had any success in that.
We were actually building a linear meter, and in order to control it, you need a lot less current and you need some other things like an inductor.”
Dr. Fuchs is the lead inventor on the project.
Dr Hickey was one of the first to invent the method.
It’s the work of two former UC Berkeley students.
Their work has been published in the journal Science Robotics.
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