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# ThumbwheelPotentiometerExample

Thumbwheel potentiometer in normal configuration

# Wolfram Language

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`SystemModel["EducationExamples.ElectricalEngineering.Potentiometers.ThumbwheelPotentiometerExample"]`
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# Information

Potentiometers, also knows as pots, are useful electrical components that allows a person or a machine to directly tune the voltage or restiance in one part of a circuit. In its normal configuration, a potentiometer acts as a variable voltage divider. If a voltage source is connected between the two pins called terminals, the voltage over the third pin, known as the wiper will vary with the position of the potentiometer shaft. This shaft can for example be controlled by a slider or a thumbwheel.

#### Model

In this example model, a thumbwheel controlled potentiometer has been connected in its normal configuration. The angular position of the thumbwheel will be increased following a ramp signal, from 0 to 180 degrees. The voltage on the wiper pin is measured with a voltage sensor.

#### Simulation

To simulate the model, click the Simulate button:

#### Plot the results

Explore how the voltage on the wiper pin decreases as the potentiometer gets turned around. Plot the Model plot called Potentiometer voltages by double clicking it from the Model Plots section.

You should now see the graph below:

# Parameters (4)

minAngle Value: 0 Type: Angle (rad) Description: Minimum angle for the thumbwheel Value: 3.14159265358979 Type: Angle (rad) Description: Maximum angle for the thumbwheel Value: 10 Type: Resistance (Ω) Description: Minimum resistance for the potentiometer Value: 1000 Type: Resistance (Ω) Description: Maximum resistance for the potentiometer

# Components (8)

potentionmeter Description: Thumbwheel potentiometer in rheostat configuration. Type: Ground Description: Ground component. Type: Position Description: Angle of the thumbwheel potentiometer. Type: ConstantVoltage Description: Constant voltage source. Type: Ramp Description: Ramp signal that sets the angle of the thumbwheel potentiometer. Type: VoltageSensor Description: Sensor to measure the voltage between two pins Type: Ground Description: Ground component. Type: Limiter Description: Limit the range of a signal