The Use of Angle Sensors in Go Karts

Angle Sensor on go Kart

Angle sensors measure the angle or rotational position of an object relative to a specific reference point or a reference. There are various types of angle sensors. Depending on the type of angle sensor, there are different measurement principles and methods. Two particularly well-known types are:

Potentiometers (Rotary Potentiometers): Electrical resistance with a rotatable contact, known as a slider. When the slider is rotated, the resistance changes, thus changing the voltage or current flowing through the slider. This change is measured and can be used to determine the angle. Hall Effect Sensors: Utilize the Hall effect to measure changes in the magnetic field. A magnetic field acts on the sensor and generates a voltage perpendicular to the current flow in the sensor. By measuring this voltage, the angle of the magnetic field, and thus the angle of the sensor, can be determined.

Choosing the right angle sensor depends on various factors such as the required accuracy, the environment in which it will be used, and the budget.

Phoenix Americas Programmable Angle Sensor: The AM-RSS is a programmable angle sensor that impresses with a flexible range of performance and customized mounting options. It is ideal for angle measurement tasks with high cycle counts, such as those found in the motorsport sector. In addition to programmable angle selection, the sensor offers numerous input and output options.

Other features:

✔ High-temperature resistant plastic housing
✔ IP68 protection class
✔ Durable and extremely robust
✔ Operating temperature -40°C to +125°C (short-term up to 150°C)
✔ Measurement range up to 360° redundant
✔ U-shape, D-shape, and plug shape with spring as standard
✔ Hall effect with redundant output

This angle sensor, for example, is used by a customer in the leisure rental sector. The Spanish company “Play & Drive” uses the AM-RSS for the throttle position in their go-karts.

Angle Sensors in Go Karts Angle sensors are used in go-karts to measure the position of the accelerator pedal and control the throttle accordingly. The angle sensor is mounted in such a way that it detects the movement of the accelerator pedal and measures the angle by which the pedal is pressed or released.

Typically, the angle sensor is mounted either directly on the accelerator pedal or near the throttle mechanism. When the accelerator pedal is pressed, the angle registered by the sensor changes. This change in angle is then converted into an electrical signal and sent to the engine control unit. The control unit then uses the information from the degree of accelerator pedal depression to determine the corresponding amount of fuel to be supplied to the engine.

In this way, angle sensors enable precise control of go-karts and also help optimize the performance and responsiveness of the engine, which is essential in an area such as motorsport.

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