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Track Call Relay With Brakes

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I've been thinking about this for some time, and a recently deleted thread finally made me to actually write it out...

Turns out that adding brakes on track call is actually very easy to implement...

 

If you are building brakes into your track, the following should help...

 

Brake%20Relay%20Hookup%20-%20Track%20Side.jpg

 

 

If your track doesn't have brakes, and neither does your controller on power cut, you can add this between the controller and the track... This circuit is dual polarity...

 

Brake%20Relay%20Hookup%20-%20Controller%20Side.jpg

 

 

Example of a suitable relays...

Single Pole Double Throw - http://www.jaycar.co...w.asp?ID=SY4046

Double Pole Double Throw - http://www.jaycar.co...w.asp?ID=SY4065

 

Any questions, or advice, please feel free to add to this post...

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There will always be a difference in roll on from car to car no matter what setup you have.

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not when the track applies brakes all the cars stop instantly, at jans and Birkdale the most we have seen any car roll on is about a car length regardless of the type of hand controller used.

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Yes roll on will still vary from car to car...

 

Particularly bad cars for roll on are Revell Classic Nascars... They have no brakes at the best of times...

But even a Revell will stop faster with brakes applied than with an open circuit.

 

 

Also, I've been thinking about brakes on track call for quite some time as I'm in the process of wiring up my own track, and roll on into a hairpin can damage things.

 

I've even managed to do it for a scaley digital powerbase running in analog mode without the data cable, and without modding the powerbase.

Added a DPDT relay into the controller extension cables, which switches between dead short (brakes in SSD) and controller output.

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Tony's right.. the taller the gearing and the heavier the car.. the further it will roll...

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Thanks very much Michael!

 

Exactly what I was looking for.

Lots of pictures. :)

I will be starting a new track build soon, and will be wiring it up this way.

I'll also be hitting up the guys with the other tracks I race on to wire up this way.

 

Two questions, which is nc and which is no on the relay contacts?

And, will anything bad happen if you fit one of these to your controller, and the track has one aswell?

Better save this one incase it gets deleted. ;)

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Espsix,

 

Nothing bad will happen if you 'double' up on the relays.

 

Nc and no are determined by your pc harness.

Personally for the track side I would use nc as track running and no as track call.

This means that if the pc is off the track still works.

 

Brakes on the controller side should always be nc is brakes and no is running.

 

 

Slotsnz

 

No worries at all with sharing.

Feel free to move / copy this wherever you feel is more appropriate or useful.

 

 

Ps. Glad it's been useful.

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I've been thinking about this for some time, and a recently deleted thread finally made me to actually write it out...

Turns out that adding brakes on track call is actually very easy to implement...

 

If you are building brakes into your track, the following should help...

 

Brake%20Relay%20Hookup%20-%20Track%20Side.jpg

 

Any questions, or advice, please feel free to add to this post...

Shadow,

I agree with the fairness of 'track braking' on ALL lanes, but from a motor builders point of view, I would like to see a 'LOW oHms' resistor, rather than a dead short across the track as the brakes - in the region of 0.5 to 2.0 oHms.

 

My reasoning is that when a hand controller applies 'full brakes' it is providing a short circuit at the controller socket, but I would suggest that most track wiring would have about 0.5 oHms between the power source and the controller socket.

 

This VERY low oHms will not 'kill' the motor as much as a 'dead short'

( I would not want to race a Gp15 and above on any track that did this sort of 'track braking' )

 

This is just my thinking.

Dennis

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I've been thinking about this for some time, and a recently deleted thread finally made me to actually write it out...

Turns out that adding brakes on track call is actually very easy to implement...

 

If you are building brakes into your track, the following should help...

 

Brake%20Relay%20Hookup%20-%20Track%20Side.jpg

 

Any questions, or advice, please feel free to add to this post...

Shadow,

I agree with the fairness of 'track braking' on ALL lanes, but from a motor builders point of view, I would like to see a 'LOW oHms' resistor, rather than a dead short across the track as the brakes - in the region of 0.5 to 2.0 oHms.

 

My reasoning is that when a hand controller applies 'full brakes' it is providing a short circuit at the controller socket, but I would suggest that most track wiring would have about 0.5 oHms between the power source and the controller socket.

 

This VERY low oHms will not 'kill' the motor as much as a 'dead short'

( I would not want to race a Gp15 and above on any track that did this sort of 'track braking' )

 

This is just my thinking.

Dennis

 

Dennis you think of things others don't You have way more electrical knowledge than i do but i think this is fundamentally an idea for scale racing. Group 15 and above is really only raced on a tiny number of tracks percentage wise of all tracks that are run. A track that provides braking on a track call creates an even playing field because no one gains an advantage because of the controller used. Some will say that heavier bigger geared cars will still roll more but they are slower to get going again so the status quo is renewed.

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I was asked a while ago for a simplified version with pin numbers for the jaycar relay (http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=SY4046)...

 

Simplified%20Track%20Brake%20Relay%20Diagram.jpg

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