Best Solution can provide bespoke designs for resolvers including variable reluctance resolvers, for specific customer requirements. We have produced designs for customers including 2 pole and 24 pole frameless (sometimes referred to as “slab” or “pancake” ) variable reluctance resolvers for rotor position sensing in motor control applications.
Resolvers have been around for many years, originally used for applications such as gun turret positioning systems, aircraft control surface position sensing, and more recently rotor position feedback for motor commutation. They are still the best choice for many rotary position sensing applications.
A resolver is essentially a variable transformer. Two secondary windings wound on orthogonal axes on the stator produce output voltages which have amplitudes as sine and cosine functions of rotor angular position. The rotor caries the primary winding, in a conventional device, and a shorted orthogonal cross winding would typically be present to inhibit any undesirable components of primary flux.
There are several distinct resolver types, including housed or frameless, (with or without integral shaft and bearings), brushless, which typically use a rotary transformer to provide AC excitation to the rotor, and variable reluctance types which have both primary and secondary windings on the stator, and use a salient laminated magnetic steel rotor to produce variable magnetic coupling with rotor angular position.
We can also provide demodulation electronics for all kinds of resolvers either as an off-the-shelf or bespoke PCB assembly, or a licence to manufacture to our design, depending on your requirements.