PWM controller for PWM fan

I did some searching and found a basic PWM generator to properly and quietly control PWM fan speed using a 555 timer, but I have no idea what values to use for the resistors, capacitors, diodes, and potentiometer, and probably as a result the simulated output looks nothing like what I was expecting. I need the base frequency to be approximately 25 kHz, and the duty cycle (ratio of output at +5v vs. ground) to vary between roughly 20% and 100%.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance.

by makr_inc
October 25, 2016

I would expect R1 and P1 to be in the range 1k to 10 k and C2 to be 1nF to 10nF. D1 and D2 are shown as zeners but I assume they should be ordinary signal diodes like 1N4148. For the range of duty cycles you require R1 would be small compared with P1, and you might wish to have an additional resistor between P1 and one of the diodes. Hope this is helpful, mike.

by mikerogerswsm
October 25, 2016

I found a forum on overclockers.com which has values for the components. So, I built it in CircuitLab and still got a symmetric square wave (50% duty cycle regardless of P1). I've also replaced P1 with two resistors so 80k resistance goes to one diode and 20k goes to the other. Any ideas why changing 'P1' has no effect

by makr_inc
October 30, 2016

Looks ok to me. The only thing I can suggest is that there might be a hidden short-circuit behind each diode. I've had that happen when I slide components about. Cheers, mike.

by mikerogerswsm
October 30, 2016

Is U4 legal? Try leaving Trigger open circuit.

by mikerogerswsm
November 03, 2016

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