Induction Machines - Basics

On Jul 3, 2010 by Sunil Saharan At 12:58 PM | | 1 comments »
This article includes basics of induction motor, principle of induction motor, construction and design of induction motor including both three phase and single phase induction motor.

Induction Motor : -


An induction motor is a motor that uses the principle of induction of e.m.f. in an inductor due to the effect of flow of current in other coil that is magnetically attached but physically insulated with the coil. For detail on induction please visit Basics of Electromagnetic Induction.
As I said above induction motor is a motor or device that operates on the principle of induction and converts electrical energy into mechanical energy, which is essentially function of a motor.
Basically I have divided motors in four groups for better understanding of the field machine design. These are :

Principle of Operation of Induction Machines


The principle of operation of induction machine is something similar to that of operation of Transformer.
First of all a supply is given to the machine and due to this supply a rotating magnetic field i.e. A field whose magnetic axis of rotation changes with respect to time is produced.
In three phase induction motors this rotating magnetic field is produced due to the simultaneous maximum of phase voltages. It means that voltage in phase R will reach its maximum first say at wt=90 degrees.
Where w is angular frequency. Now the next phase Y is 120 electrical degree lags the R phase so it will reach its maximum at wt=210 degrees and similarly B phase will reach its maximum at wt=330 degrees.
Now as voltage reaches its maximum at different time levels so the current will also maximum at corresponding time values and thus the flux produced will have a rotating magnetic field with axis changing with time.
Due to this flux similar flux will induced in rotor as in secondary of a transformer due to inducion.
This rotor flux will induced e.m.f. in rotor and due to this e.m.f. current will produced as the rotor bars are short circuited. This current will produce the torque and the rotor tends to follow the stator magnetic field, which is rotating. Thus rotor will also start rotating.

Classification of Induction Machines


There are three main criterion for classifying induction machines. There are :

  • Based on Supply
    • Single Phase Induction Motors
    • Three Phase Induction Motors
  • Based on Type of Rotor

    • Squerell Cage Induction Motors
    • Slip Ring Induction Motors
  • Form of Energy Produced

    • Induction Generator
    • Induction Motor


Based on Supply


This classification consider the number of phases in the machine.

Single Phase Induction Machine


If in an Induction machine there is only one phase of supply, the machine is called single phase induction machine.

Three Phase Induction Machines


If the input of electrical motor or output of induction generator has three phases then this is called a three phase induction machine.

Based on Type of Rotor


There are many rotor type in induction machines like squirell cage, slip rings, double cage and deep bar rotors but among above said following two are very important.

Squirell Cage Induction Motors


If the rotor have simply bars on it and there bars are short circuited with the help of end rings, the rotor and hence the machine is called squirell cage type. Due to low cost there are widely used.

Slip Ring Induction Motors


If in an induction motor's rotor external resistances are connected, it is called slip ring type induction motor. It is more costly and only 10% of total induction motors are slip ring type.

Form of Energy Produced


This classification consider the input energy form and output energy form.

Induction Generator


The induction generator is the machine which produce electrical energy from mechanical energy. It is not practically used as a source of electrical energy or power generation but commonly used in cogeneration. It is used where speed is varying and its efficiency of energy conversion is small as compare to synchronous generators.

Induction Motor


Induction motor is the induction machine which convert electrical energy into mechanical energy. It takes the electrical power as input and produce mechanical power along its rotor shaft. There are widely used in industrial and domestic applications.

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1 comment:

  1. plz tell me type of field in induction machine(rotating & revolving field)

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