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Direct Current Motors. Physics 12 . Joke of the day:. An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. Direct Current Electric Motor.

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joke of the day
Joke of the day:
  • An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.
direct current electric motor
Direct Current Electric Motor
  • An electric motor converts electrical energy into mechanical energy
  • An electromagnet is the basis of an electric motor
  • A motor uses magnets to create motion.
    • Opposites attract and likes repel. Inside an electric motor, these attracting and repelling forces create rotational motion.
  • Direct current (DC) means the electrical current is flowing in only one direction in a circuit.
    • Batteries are a good source of direct current (DC).
the basics
The basics:

An electric motor has two basic parts:

The stationary part (external magnets, power source, brushes)

The rotating part of the electric motor is called the rotor.



parts and function of a dc motor
Parts (and function) of a DC motor:
  • DC power supply
  • Rotor(armature)
  • Commutator
  • Brushes
  • External magnets
1 dc power supply
1. DC Power Supply
  • Aka battery
  • To provide the current
2 rotor armature
2. Rotor (Armature)
  • the revolving structure
  • wound with the coils that carry the current
  • moves under the influence of a magnetic field
3 4 commutator and brushes
3/4. Commutator and brushes
  • Commutator is simply a pair of plates attached to the end of the rotor
    • These plates provide the two connections for the coil
  • The brushes are attached to the leads from the power supply
  • Commutatorand brushes work together to let current flow from the power supply to the electromagnetic coil when they make contact with each other

Commutator attached to rotor

Brushes attached to battery

5 magnets
5. Magnets
  • Provides the external magnetic field
  • Used to create a net rotational movement
a key component of motors torque
A key component of motors: Torque
  • Torque is a measure of how much a force acting on an object causes that object to rotate. The object rotates about an axis or pivot point
  • Torque is the cross product of radius and force
  • The units are Nm
  • The direction is positive for ccw and negative for cw
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While both A.C. and D.C. motors serve the same function of converting electrical energy into mechanical energy, they are powered, constructed and controlled differently. 1 The most basic difference is the power source. A.C. motors are powered from alternating current (A.C.) while D.C. motors are powered from direct current (D.C.), such as batteries, D.C. power supplies or an AC-to-DC power converter. D.C wound field motors are constructed with brushes and a commutator, which add to the maintenance, limit the speed and usually reduce the life expectancy of brushed D.C. motors. A.C. induction motors do not use brushes; they are very rugged and have long life expectancies. The final basic difference is speed control. The speed of a D.C. motor is controlled by varying the armature winding’s current while the speed of an A.C. motor is controlled by varying the frequency, which is commonly done with an adjustable frequency drive control. 2Published by Ohio Electric Motors: