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I have a large'ish 4-wire DC  cooling fan being delivered early next week for an air flow test bench.  Fan spec sheet is attached.  I'll be supplying 48V with a good lab grade power supply so power is not an issue.

My question is understanding the PWM signal schematics.  I plan to use a cheap Amazon PWM square wave generator to signal the motor and vary the rpm but I'm having trouble understanding the limitations of the PWM circuit.  Screenshots from the fan spec sheet are thumbnailed.

Here's the PWM generator: https://www.amazon.com/Icstation-Frequency-1Hz-150kHz-Adjustable-Rectangular/dp/B0814MKZVW/ref=sr_1_16?crid=2QCC19NMQHK4R&keywords=pwm%2Bgenerator&qid=1670106124&sprefix=pwm%2Bg%2Caps%2C100&sr=8-16&th=1
No spec sheets on the generator...just the link I posted.

I'll keep the Vin to the PWM generator under 20v as the PWM generator Vout = Vin (will probably stay around 12v) but I'm confused on the Vfg and Vce in the first screen shot.  I'll hook I can't believe a cheap PWM generator would fry the fan's IC but I'm just being safe by posting here for verification.  Any worries about supplying ~12v to the PWM generator and using it hooked straight to the fan without protection?

The blue wire is RPM feedback, it just needs a pull up resistor and a reference voltage which if Vfg. You measure below the pull up resistor, the voltage goes from Vce to Vfg.

The PWM generator seems fine from a functional point of view ... but the fact that their image explaining the connector is exactly reversed from the sticker they put on it is a bit concerning.

The Vcesat is just the transistor saturation voltage or the minimum output voltage i.e. 0.5v but that might be a little high for the 0.4V low voltage of the fan. Try the PWM generator first but you only need a 5V supply for it. If that doesn't work use a 5V CMOS buffer like a 74HC14 to condition the signal it will provide a 0.1V to 4.9V output for a 5V supply. Just drive it with a suitable 0-5V signal i.e. use 5V for the PWM generator to drive the 74HC14.

This is not a PWM input cirquit. It's an outpout for speed feedback. Vpg is basically a VDD of a cirquit that will accept this signal. PWM cirquit and specs are on page 7 of the datasheet. PWM voltage must not exceed 20V. But safest would be running it from 5V or 3.3V.

Ahhh- I missed the rpm/tach output signal.  :palm:  But that's why I'm posting here...

Okay, this is straightforward then.  I agree about staying low Vin for the pulse generator.  Will let everyone know if I have issues when all parts arrive.

Thanks again.


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