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Types of DC Motors

Like generators, there are three types of d.c. motors characterized by the connections of field winding in relation to the armature. They are
  1. Permanent Magnet DC Motor
  2. Shunt Wound DC Motor 
  3. Series Wound DC Motor 
  4. Compound Wound DC Motor 
    1. Short Shunt Connection 
    2. Long Shunt Connection


Shunt Wound DC Motor

Shunt-wound motor in which the field winding is connected in parallel with the armature.

The current through the shunt field winding is not the same as the armature current. Shunt field windings are designed to produce the necessary m.m.f. by means of a relatively large number of turns of wire having high resistance.

Therefore, shunt field current is relatively small compared with the armature current.

Series Wound DC Motor

Series-wound motor in which the field winding is connected in series with the armature.

Therefore, series field winding carries the armature current. Since the current passing through a series field winding is the same as the armature current, series field windings must be designed with much fewer turns than shunt field windings for the same m.m.f. 

Therefore, a series field winding has a relatively small number of turns of thick wire and, therefore, will possess a low resistance.

Compound Wound DC Motor

Compound-wound motor which has two field windings: 

  • one connected in parallel with the armature 
  • and the other in series with it. 


There are two types of compound motor connections (like generators). 

  • When the shunt field winding is directly connected across the armature terminals, it is called short-shunt connection. 
  • When the shunt winding is so  connected that it shunts the series combination of armature and series field, it is called long-shunt connection.


The compound machines (generators or motors) are always designed so that the flux produced by shunt field winding is considerably larger than the flux produced by the series field winding. Therefore, shunt field in compound machines is the basic dominant factor in the production of the magnetic field in the machine.