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  • Using a temperature sensor to control the speed of a motor using arduino

    You might've had this question answered, but for others who are curious - the fan is an inductive load, and the diode therefore serves as a 'flyback diode'. Technically, the fan's motor develops a magnetic field in order to spin. When the fan suddenly loses power (when you turn it off at the switch), it tries to 'feed itself' using the motor's collapsing magnetic field as its source, instead of the original source - which is now missing. Depending on the magnitude of this field, the inductor creates a negaitve potential where it was once positive, and the inductive load tries to essentially 'force' the voltage across the power switch, creating an arc. This is dangerous for the circuit. A diode is therefore placed across the motor such that the intended source won't bypass the fan when o...see more »You might've had this question answered, but for others who are curious - the fan is an inductive load, and the diode therefore serves as a 'flyback diode'. Technically, the fan's motor develops a magnetic field in order to spin. When the fan suddenly loses power (when you turn it off at the switch), it tries to 'feed itself' using the motor's collapsing magnetic field as its source, instead of the original source - which is now missing. Depending on the magnitude of this field, the inductor creates a negaitve potential where it was once positive, and the inductive load tries to essentially 'force' the voltage across the power switch, creating an arc. This is dangerous for the circuit. A diode is therefore placed across the motor such that the intended source won't bypass the fan when operating, and the inductor will 'power itself down' PROPERLY (until it dies) when the fan is turned off. Hope this helps :)

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