Losses in DC Machines

On Jan 13, 2011 by Sunil Saharan At 7:40 AM | | 6 comments »
This article discuss various types of losses that occurs in DC Machines. It include Copper losses, iron losses, brush losses, mechanical losses, stray-load losses.

Hello Friends,
We know that no system is perfect in this world. Every system has some kind of unwanted loss of input. The form of this drop may vary from system to system but in every system it is called a loss.
Similar is the case with the DC Machines either motor or generator.
The whole input power is never converted into the output power. The difference between input power and output power is called loss.
In a DC Machine losses are classified into five main categories
  • Copper Losses or Electrical Losses
  • Core Losses or Iron Losses
  • Brush Losses
  • Mechanical Losses
  • Stray-Load Losses

Copper Losses or Electrical Losses

These losses are the winding losses because these occurs in the winding of the machine. The copper or electrical are present because of the resistance of the winding. Currents flowing through these windings produce ohmic losses (i.e. I2R losses). The windings that may be present addition to Armature winding are the field windings, interpole and compensating windings.
  • Armature current losses = Ia2Ra, where Ia is Armature current and Ra is Armature Resistance. These losses are about 30% of total full-load losses.
  • Copper losses in the shunt field of a shunt machine =Ish2Rsh where Ish is the current in the shunt field and Rsh is the resistance of the shunt field winding. The shunt regulating resistance is included in Rsh.
  • Copper loss in the series field of a series machine = Ise2Rse where Ise is the current through the series field winding and Rse is the resistance of the series field winding.
  • In a compound machine, both shunt and series field losses occur. There losses are about 20% of full load losses.
  • Copper loss in interpole windings =Ia2Ri where Ri is resistance of interpole winding.
  • Copper loss in compensating windings =Ia2Rc where Rc is resistance of compensating winding.

Core Losses or Iron Losses

These losses also called magnetic losses. These are of two types viz. Hysteresis and Eddy-current losses. Since DC machines are usually operated at constant speed and constant flux density, these losses are almost constant. These are about 20% of full-load losses.

Brush Losses

There is a power loss at the brush contacts between the copper commutator and the carbon brushes. In practice, thin loss depends upon the brush contact voltage drop and the Armature current Ia. It is given by
The voltage drop across a set of brushes is approximately constant over a large range of Armature currents. Unless stated otherwise, the brush voltage drop is usually assumed to be about 2V. The brush droploss is, therefore, taken as 2Ia.

Mechanical Losses

The losses associated with mechanical effects are called mechanical losses. They consist of bearing friction loss and windage loss. Windage losses are those associated with overcoming are friction between the moving parts of the machine and the air inside the machine for cooling purposes. These losses are usually very small.

Stray-Load Losses

Stray-load loss consists of all losses not covering above. These are the miscellaneous losses that result from such factors as (i) the distortion of flux because of Armature reaction, (ii) short circuit currents in the coil, undergoing commutation etc. These losses are very difficult to determine. The indeterminate nature of the stray-load loss makes it necessary to assign reasonable value. For most machines stray losses are taken by convention to be 1% of full load output power.
So friends this was all about various losses occurs in a DC Machine and here I think every kind of loss was covered. If any loss is still left, feel free to add a comment.

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  1. you are a looser..spekaing about losses..anyway thanks :)

  2. This was so useful thanks!!

  3. Thanks very much. This is a very useful information. Pls help in posting more informations about ac and dc motors.. Thanks

  4. Que. What are the rotational losses in electrical m/c
    a) Friction & Windage losses
    b) stator core, F & W losses
    c) rotor core, F & W losses
    d) stray load losses & F & W losses

    i think ans. is a but in galgotia's book ans is c, how?

  5. Why do iron losses of adc motor depends on its speed????????