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Non-contacting torque sensors target power steering applications

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The Bourns’ torque-only sensor (TOS) measures the relative shift angle between two rotating shafts linked by a torsion bar. This angular data is converted into a voltage output and is fed to the EPAS electronic control unit (ECU) to determine how much power assistance is required. The Bourns torque angle sensor (TAS) has the ability to collectively measure torque, steering wheel angle and speed with a number of steering wheel turns. The upper portion of the sensor contains components for differential torque measurement, and the lower housing uses a set of satellite gears to measure the rate and number of steering wheel turns.

The steering angle sensor output is absolute and offers true power-off capability. This sensor is an optimal solution for vehicles that require both torque and steering angle feedback. The TAS sensor design effectively replaces the need to fit two discrete devices. The Bourns torque index sensor (TIS) offers a cost-effective solution that features an additional HE switch that functions by counting the number of turns of the steering shaft for comparative analysis with an EPAS motor. A motor position sensor (MPS) obtains the relative value of angles from the steering assist motor and by comparing this information.

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