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  1. #31
    Finally got round to taking a video of the drum testing.

    This is at 10500RPM, 60A motor current (can go to 90A), limited to 80% duty cycle by the erpm limit of the focbox. Spindown time is 53s.

  2. #32
    Ouch - that sounds brutal. What a beast! :0

  3. #33
    Been working on a new design to solve our drive problems. When we got back we tried driving around again after fixing the front wheels and snapped both drive belts! So new plan is for 2 wheel drive on a wide chassis.

    This is the current idea, with a full 4mm hardox welded chassis.

  4. #34
    Finished welding the frame, everything else is staying the same so should be quick to finish!

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  6. #36
    Haha yeah the top panel welds are pretty awful, but its just extra bits added on to clear the motors. I can clean it up later on.
    The interior welds are much better and more just to tack it in place before I did the welds on the bottom and edges.
    It was my first time using 7018 which is a right pain to restart.

  7. #37
    Got the wheel shafts a bit shorter so they now fit. Checked everything fits. The drum mounts nicely, although I forgot a bit to put the locking bar so will need to cut up the old frame and bolt something on.

    Getting close on the weight now!

  8. #38
    That is a frightening amount of drum! Looks great.

  9. #39
    Back from Bolton now. Was a lot of fun The drum seems to be working great, although after the last rumble it's not spinning freely anymore so might have damaged a bearing on the huge hit it got.
    The recurring theme of this bot, the drive didn't work very well. In the first fight it sucked one of the bolts holding the drive motor and punched it through the belt jamming one side. The other side didn't have the belt tensioned enough, so it started slipping and completely stripped all the teeth off half the belt.

    I got the bolt out of the belt and flipped the one that had stripped over. Then spent a while trying to make the bolt holes for the wheels further back to increase the belt tension. I think this helped a lot as it was working a lot better for the second rumble, although I still lost one side quite quickly and was just spinning on the spot or being used as a battering ram.

    For the first rumble the drum was limited to about 10k rpm and sounded quite nice, but starting it spinning was a pain and it took about 20s to get it spinning the right direction. So for the second rumble I decided to change to duty cycle mode on the vesc and turn up the speed to the max. The drum started spinning perfectly at the start of the fight and after a short time was making a nice death hum at 245mph (13000rpm). Although it must have been taking a LOT of current to keep it there as it very quickly started slowing down again. I think the vesc was overheating or the batteries were drooping in voltage enough to trigger the low voltage cutoff on the vesc. So I will need to do some testing before the next event to figure out how to make it spin at max speed for longer.

    Once I got it out of the fight the smell was awful, most likely the grease on the bearings burning with the high rpm. Once I take the drum apart tonight I will see what the damage was from the big hit. I might need to be adding more preload to the taper roller bearings if they are damaged. Another drum hit the tooth and took a big chip out the leading edge.

    Overall it was a really awesome experience and a much more laid back event than Insomnia. The new frame suffered no serious damage, just a few nibbles from Drumblebee on the back. So next thing is to change the terrible T5 belts out for some spur gears and MUCH bigger wheels!!

    Last edited by TechAUmNu; 9th July 2019 at 14:35.

  10. #40
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    Team Kaizen

    It was great seeing your creations in the flesh! Triforce in particular looked amazing. The drum on your Featherweight was definitely scary to hear in the melees
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