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Chapter 13 AC Motors

AC motors convert AC electrical energy to Mechanical energy.

Chapter 13 AC Motors
AC motors:
1. the armature of rotor is a magnet (different to DC motors). 2. the stator is formed by electromagnets (like in DC motors).

Effects of AC Supply on Magnetic Poles

Consider the rotor to be a permanent magnet. Current flowing through conductors energize the magnets and develop N and S poles. The strength of electromagnets depends on current. First half cycle current flows in one direction. Second half cycle it flows in opposite direction.

As AC voltage changes, the poles alternate.

Using AC Supply to Make an Elementary Motor (1)

Consider the AC voltage at 0 degrees, then, no current will flow, and there is no magnetism.

Using AC Supply to Make an Elementary Motor (2)

As voltage increases, current starts to flow and electromagnets gain strength and North and South poles appear. (Use left hand rule to find poles). The rotor magnet is pushed CW, and the rotor and motor starts to rotate.

Using AC Supply to Make an Elementary Motor (3)

When voltage decreases, the current decreases also, the electromagnet loses the strength, and when V=0 there is no magnetism.

Using AC Supply to Make an Elementary Motor (4)

Now, AC voltage builds up as part of the negative cycle. Then, current flows in opposite direction, and the magnets reverse polarity. Therefore, the CW rotation continues.

Using AC Supply to Make an Elementary Motor (5)

This process is repeated over and over, as AC voltage goes through its cycles, and we have continuous rotation.

AC Motor Rotation The whole picture

Limitation of the Elementary Motor

The initial position of the rotor determines the direction of the motor rotation.

Indicate the rotation in the figures below:


Practical AC Motor
By adding another pair of electromagnets the limitation mentioned before is removed. Two electromagnets = Vertical & Horizontal Two phases with phase difference = 90 deg.


Effect of Two Pole-Pairs

(Observe the pole rotation)


Operation of the Practical AC Motor

Fig. of page 124 shows a CCW rotation Can you see it?


Magnetic Poles Revolve in AC Motors

From the previous slide we can see that the poles rotate around the circumference of the motor. The rotor, no matter how it is positioned at rest, will be locked-in with the magnetic field and will turn in one direction only. (Same rotation as the poles).


Phase Splitting Method (1)

So, two voltage sources with 90 degree phase connected to electromagnets make the rotor turn. Question is: Can we do the same using only one voltage source?


Phase Splitting Method (2)

The answer is yes! Because we can use inductors and capacitors to produce a voltage out of phase with the source!


Reactor Start AC Motor (One phase + Inductor)

Two parallel branches connected to the power supply. First branch: Start winding through a centrifugal switch. Second branch: Run winding (through an inductor). The current in the second branch lags the current in the first branch (Remember ELI). This phase difference makes motor work.


Reactor Start AC Motor

The Centrifugal Switch


Capacitor Start AC Motor (One phase + Capacitor)

Here the capacitor provides the phase difference. The difference is that the current in the star winding leads the current in the run winding (ICE). Similar effect as with the inductor, but it creates a motor with higher starting power. Refrigerators, compressors, air conditioners


Three Types of Capacitor Start Motors

1. Capacitor Start (disconnects
capacitor after motor speed picks up)


Capacitor Run (Keeps the capacitor

connected during the operation of the motor, in order to keep the electric power consumption low)


Capacitor Start-Run (uses two

capacitors, one for starting and one for running. This further improves Power Consumption)


Synchronous Speed
AC motors always rotate with the speed of their revolving magnetic field. The speed of the revolving poles is the maximum possible speed of rotation of the motor. It is called Synchronous Speed.


Motor Construction The Stator

The stator forms a hollow cylinder with coils of insulated wire inserted into slots of the stator core. The coils, plus the steel core form the electromagnets.


Motor Construction The Rotor

There are two types of motor rotors: The wound rotor The squirrel cage The wound rotor has coils of wire wound in the slots of the rotor (Similar to generator coils). The Squirrel cage consists of bars of copper or aluminum electrically connected at each end with conducting rings.
As the rotor rotates inside a magnetic field, it receives electromagnetic induction, then current flows and form the rotor electromagnet.


Types of Motor Enclosures

1. ODP Open Drip Proof


TENV Totally Enclosed Non-Ventilating

TEFC Totally enclosed Fan Cooled XP Explosion Proof




Types of Motor Enclosures

ODP Open Drip Proof Air flows through motor (fan blades help flow) Used in environments free from contaminants


Types of Motor Enclosures

TENV Totally Enclosed Non-Ventilating Protect motor from corrosive and harmful elements Frame fins help to dissipate heat


Types of Motor Enclosures

TEFC Totally enclosed Fan Cooled Similar to TENV except has external fan for cooling


Types of Motor Enclosures

XP Explosion Proof Similar to TEFC but enclosures are cast iron


Slip is associated with synchronous speed. If the motor turned at the same RPM as the magnetic field, there would be no relative motion between the rotor and the field. Therefore, no current would be induced into the rotor, and no magnetic field would exist.

Rotor speed < synchronous speed Slip = synchronous speed rotor speed % slip = ( Ns Nr / Ns ) 100


Three Phase AC Motor

It has three pairs of electromagnets, connected to one of the three phases of the power supply. It provides a lot higher power that what single phase motor can deliver.


AC Motor Data Plate

Each motor has a plate mounted on its frame, with electrical and mechanical information.