Welcome to this installment of MC² on dc motors. Recall that dc motors are motion components that take electrical power in the form of direct current (or some manipulated form of direct current) and convert it into mechanical rotation. The motors do this through the use of magnetic fields arising from electric currents through their windings to spur the rotation of a rotor fixed with an output shaft. Output torque and speed depends on the electrical input and motor design.
In this MC² on dc motors, we detail the specifics of such operation in dc brush motors, also called permanent-magnet (PM) dc motors … as well as the use of these motor types in various in motion designs. We also cover brushless dc (BLDC) motors. These employ magnets instead of brush-commutator assemblies for commutation to operate much like shunt-wound motors, but with field flux from magnets instead of winding current.
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BRUSH DC MOTORS
Where brush dc motors make sense
Comparing the different types of dc motors
Operation of dc shunt motors
In electrical terminology, a parallel circuit is often referred to as a shunt. Hence, dc motors in which the armature and field windings are connected in parallel are referred to as dc shunt motors.
Brush dc motors are a mature technology that’s been around for more than a century. So with brushless motors and an ever-increasing array of controls for all motor types, why do engineers still use brush motors?
Dc motors are motion components that take electrical power in the form of direct current (or some manipulated form of direct current) and convert it into mechanical rotation.
The operating principle of a dc motor is based on the interaction between the magnetic field of a rotating armature and the magnetic field of a fixed stator.
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When selecting a Coreless Brush DC Motor for an application, or when developing a powered prototype, there are several basic motor physics principles which must be considered to produce a safe, well-functioning, sufficiently-powered precision drive system. In this document, we have provided some important methods, formulas and calculation details to determine the power output of a coreless motor, the speed-torque curve of the motor, the current and efficiency plots, and the theoretical cold calculations that estimate motor performance.
This comprehensive collection with illustrations and descriptions, includes formulas, terms, and explanations for the calculations concerning drive systems.
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