In this project, we will learn about L293D and L298N Motor Drivers and also about Interfacing DC Motor with 8051 Microcontroller with the help of both L293D and L298N. 

When we talk about controlling the robot, the first thing comes into the mind is controlling DC motors. Interfacing DC motor to the microcontroller is a very important concept in Robotic applications. By interfacing DC motor to the microcontroller, we can do many things like controlling the direction of the motor, controlling the speed of the motor. This article describes you how to control the DC motor using AT89C51 controller (or any variant of 8051 Microcontroller).

Interfacing DC Motor with 8051 Microcontroller using L298N Image 2

Circuit Principle

The maximum output current of the microcontroller pin is 15mA at 5V. But the power requirements of most of DC motors are out of reach of the microcontroller and even the back emf (electromotive force) which is produced by the motor may damage the microcontroller.

Hence, it is not good to interface DC motor directly to the controller. So, we use the motor driver circuit in between a DC motor and the microcontroller.

Here, we are using L293D and L298N motor driver ICs to drive DC motors. Using these IC’s, we can drive two DC motors at a time. For L293D Motor Driver, the motor supply is variable between 4.5 to 36V and it provides a maximum current of 600mA. In the case of L298N, the motor supply is up to 46V and it can provide a current of 3A.

A Brief Note on L293D Motor Driver

L293D is a quadruple H- bridge motor driver, as the name suggests it used to drive the DC motors. This IC works based on the concept of H- Bridge. H-bridge is a circuit which allows the voltage in either direction to control the motor direction.

There are 4 input pins for L293D. Motors directions depend on the logic inputs applied at these pins. EN1 and EN2 must be high to drive the 2 DC motors.

L293D Circuit

L293D Circuit

  • IN1=0 and IN2=0 ->  Motor1 idle
  • IN1=0 and IN2=1 -> Motor1 Anti-clockwise direction
  • IN1=1 and IN2=0 -> Motor1 Clockwise direction
  • IN1=1 and IN2=1 -> Motor1 idle
  • IN3=0 and IN4=0 -> Motor2 idle
  • IN3=0 and IN4=1 -> Motor2 Anti-clockwise direction
  • IN3=1 and IN4=0 -> Motor2 Clockwise direction
  • IN3=1 and IN4=1 -> Motor2 idle

A Brief Note on L298N Motor Driver

The L298N Motor Driver Module is more frequently used driver IC’s nowadays. The current and voltage ratings of L298N are higher than those of L293D Motor Driver.

Arduino DC Motor Control using L298N Motor Driver Module Pins

Circuit Diagram for Interfacing DC Motor with 8051 Microcontroller and L293D

Interfacing DC Motor with 8051 Microcontroller Circuit Diagram

Components Required

  • AT89C51 (8051 Microcontroller)
  • 8051 Programmer
  • programming cable
  • 12V DC battery or Adaptor
  • L293D motor driver
  • DC motor
  • Electrolytic capacitor – 10uF
  • 2 Ceramic capacitors – 33pF
  • 10k resistors (1/4 watt) – 4
  • Push Buttons – 3
  • Connecting wires.

Circuit Design

The major components in the above circuit diagram are at89c51 microcontroller and motor driver. Here, the motor driver input pins IN1, IN2 are connected to the P3.0 and P3.1 respectively to control the motor directions. DC motor is connected to output terminals of L293D. EN1 pin is connected to the 5V DC to drive the motor.

Switches are connected to the P2.0 and P2.1 of the Microcontroller in pull-down configuration. The first switch rotates the motor in a clockwise direction and the second switch rotates the motor in an anti-clockwise direction. 8th and 16th pins of the motor driver are connected to the +5V supply.

Algorithm

  1. Declare P2.0 and P2.1 as inputs and P3.0 and P3.1 as outputs.
  2. Now check whether the first button is pressed or not. If pressed, then send logic one to P3.0.
  3. Next check whether the second button is pressed or not. If pressed, then send logic 1 to P3.1 otherwise send 0 to port 3.

Code

Circuit Simulation Video

Circuit Diagram for Interfacing DC Motor with 8051 Microcontroller and L298N

Interfacing DC Motor with 8051 Microcontroller using L298N Circuit Diagram

Components Required

  • AT89C51 (8051 Microcontroller)
  • 8051 Programmer
  • Programming cable
  • 12V DC battery or Adaptor
  • L298N Motor Driver Module
  • 12V DC motor
  • Electrolytic capacitor – 10µF
  • 2 Ceramic capacitors – 33pF
  • 10KΩ Resistor (1/4 watt)
  • 1KΩ Resistors (1/4 watt) – 3
  •  8 x 1KΩ Resistor Pack
  • Push Buttons – 4
  • Connecting wires.

Circuit Design

Similar to the above circuit, the IN1 and IN2 of the L298N Motor Driver are connected to Port 0 Pins P0.0 and P0.1 of the Microcontroller. A 12V DC Motor is connected at the OUT1 and OUT2 terminals of the Motor Driver Module.

In order to control the Motor’s direction of rotation, I will be using three PushButtons which are connected to Port 0 Pins P0.5, P0.6, and P0.7. 

Algorithm

  1. Declare P0.5 and P0.6 as inputs and P0.0 and P0.1 as outputs.
  2. Now check whether the first button is pressed or not. If pressed, then send logic one to P0.0 and logic 0 to P0.1. This will make the motor to rotate in forwarding direction.
  3. Next check whether the second button is pressed or not. If pressed, then send logic 1 to P0.1  and logic 0 to P0.0 to rotate the motor in reverse direction.

Code

How to Operate?

  1. Burn the program to the 8051 microcontrollers.
  2. Now give the connections as per the circuit diagrams.
  3. While giving the connections, make sure that there is no direct supply connection from the battery to the controller.
  4. Switch on the board supply, now the motor is at the stationary condition.
  5. Press first button, you can observe that motor will rotate in clockwise direction.
  6. Press the second button, now the motor rotates in an anticlockwise direction.
  7. Switch off the board supply.

Interfacing DC Motor with 8051 Microcontroller using L298N Image 1

Applications

  • This concept is used in robots to control the robot directions.
  • Used to control the speed of the DC motor.
  • It is used in the applications where we need to drive the high voltage motors.

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