Induction Motor

Three phase induction Induction Motor china motors have a very simple construction made up of a stator covered with electromagnets, and a rotor made up of conductors shorted at each end, arranged as a “squirrel cage”. They focus on the principle of induction where a rotating electro-magnetic field it developed by applying a three-stage current at the stators electromagnets. This in turn induces a current within the rotor’s conductors, which in turns generates rotor’s magnetic field that attempts to follow stator’s magnetic field, pulling the rotor into rotation.

Great things about AC Induction Motors are:

Induction motors are simple and rugged in construction. They are more robust and can operate in any environmental condition

Induction motors are cheaper in expense because of simple rotor construction, lack of brushes, commutators, and slide rings

They are free of maintenance motors unlike dc motors due to the lack of brushes, commutators and slip rings

Induction motors could be operated in polluted and explosive environments as they do not have brushes which can cause sparks

AC Induction motors are Asynchronous Devices and therefore the rotor will not switch at the exact same speed because the stator’s rotating magnetic field. Some difference in the rotor and stator rate is necessary in order to make the induction in to the rotor. The difference between the two is named the slip. Slip should be kept within an optimal range to ensure that the motor to use effectively. Roboteq AC Induction controllers can be configured to operate in one of three modes:

Scallar (or Volts per Hertz): an Open up loop mode where a control causes a simultaneous, fixed-ratio Frequency and Voltage alter.

Controlled Slip: a Closed Loop speed where voltage and frequency are managed in order to keep slip inside a narrow range while running at a preferred speed.

Field Oriented Control (Vector Drive): a Closed Loop Quickness and Torque control that functions by optimizing the rotating field of the stator vs. this of the induced field in the rotor.

See this video from Learning Engineering for a visual illustration about how AC Induction Motors are constructed and work.

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