Newly Developed Long-Life Potentiometer for Automobiles

Paper #:
  • 932868

Published:
  • 1993-10-01
Citation:
Akashi, K., Tsuzuki, T., Otokawa, M., and Kato, Y., "Newly Developed Long-Life Potentiometer for Automobiles," SAE Technical Paper 932868, 1993, https://doi.org/10.4271/932868.
Pages:
16
Abstract:
Aiming at improved reliability and cost reduction of position sensors for automobiles, we tackled with the challenge of developing long life contact type potentiometer which has a simple construction and cost advantage. We made clear the wear characteristics of the resistor materials and the mechanism how noise occurs, and developed a long life, low noise resistor material, and the double - layer resistor structure which has excellent characteristic in durability. We also clarified the ways of using brushes according to applications through the investigation of the relationship between the contact shape and the amount of wear of the resistor. Based on these investigation, we have developed a highly reliable throttle position sensor and a long life vehicle height sensor.
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