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12 Basic Motor Types Used For Industrial Electric Drives
12 Basic Motor Types Used For Industrial Electric Drives (photo from: DOE Navigant Master Presentation)

Few Words About Electric Drives

Almost all modern industrial and commercial undertakings employ electric drive in preference to mechanical drive because it possesses the following advantages :

  • It is simple in construction and has less maintenance cost
  • Its speed control is easy and smooth
  • It is neat, clean and free from any smoke or flue gases
  • It can be installed at any desired convenient place thus affording more flexibility in the layout
  • It can be remotely controlled
  • Being compact, it requires less space
  • It can be started immediately without any loss of time
  • It has comparatively longer life.

However, electric drive system has two inherent disadvantages :

  1. It comes to stop as soon as there is failure of electric supply and
  2. It cannot be used at far off places which are not served by electric supply.

However, the above two disadvantages can be overcome by installing diesel-driven DC generators and turbine-driven 3-phase alternators which can be used either in the absence of or on the failure of normal electric supply.


Motor types for industrial electric drives

Ok, let’s take a short overview of twelve most basic motor types used for different industrial electric drives:

  1. DC Series Motor
  2. DC Shunt Motor
  3. Cumulative Compound Motor
  4. Three phase Synchronous Motor
  5. Squirrel Cage Induction Motor
  6. Double Squirrel Cage Motor
  7. Slip ring Induction Motor
  8. Single phase Synchronous Motor
  9. Single phase Series Motor
  10. Repulsion Motor
  11. Capacitor start Induction run Motor
  12. Capacitor start and run Motor

1. DC Series Motor

Since it has high starting torque and variable speed, it is used for heavy duty applications such as electric locomotives, steel rolling mills, hoists, lifts and cranes.

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2. DC Shunt Motor

It has medium starting torque and a nearly constant speed.

DC shunt motor is used for driving constant speed line shafts, lathes, vacuum cleaners, wood-working machines, laundry washing machines, elevators, conveyors, grinders and small printing presses etc.

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3. Cumulative Compound Motor

Cumulative compound motor is a varying speed motor with high starting torque and is used for driving compressors, variable head centifugal pumps, rotary presses, circular saws, shearing machines, elevators and continuous conveyors etc.

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4. Three-phase Synchronous Motor

Because its speed remains constant under varying loads, 3-phase synchronous motor is used for driving continuously operating equipment at constant speed such as ammonia and air compressors, motor generator sets, continuous rolling mills, paper and cement industries.

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5. Squirrel Cage Induction Motor

This motor is quite simple but rugged and possesses high overload capacity. It has a nearly constant speed and poor starting torque.

Squirrel cage induction motor is used for low and medium power drives where speed control is not required as for water pumps, tube wells, lathes, drills, grinders, polishers, wood planers, fans, blowers, laundary washing machines and compressors etc.

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6. Double Squirrel Cage Motor

It has high starting torque, large overload capacity and a nearly constant speed.

Double squirrel cage motor is used for driving loads which require high starting torque such as compressor pumps, reciprocating pumps, large refrigerators, crushers, boring mills, textile machinery, cranes, punches and lathes etc.

Double squirrel cage blower fan motor - 3 speed; 110V
Double squirrel cage blower fan motor – 3 speed; 110V

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7. Slip Ring Induction Motor

It has high starting torque and large overload capacity. The speed of slip ring induction motor can be changed up to 50% of its normal speed.

Slip ring induction motor is used for those industrial drives which require high starting torque and speed control such as lifts, pumps, winding machines, printing presses, line shafts, elevators and compressors etc.

6,000 kW slip ring induction motor for compressor test bench
6,000 kW slip ring induction motor for compressor test bench (photo credit: emz.de)

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8. Single Phase Synchronous Motor

Because of its constant speed, single phase synchronous motor is used in teleprinters, clocks, all kinds of timing devices, recording instruments, sound recording and reproducing systems.

Synchronous motor / single-phase / IP65
Synchronous motor / single-phase / IP65 (photo credit: directindustry.com)

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9. Single Phase Series Motor

It possesses high starting torque and its speed can be controlled over a wide range. Single phase series motor is generally used for driving small domestic appliances like refrigerators and vacuum cleaners etc.

Single-phase Series Motor 1,0 kW; 1000 Watt; 230 V
Single-phase Series Motor 1,0 kW; 1000 Watt; 230 V

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10. Repulsion Motor

It has high starting torque and is capable of wide speed control.

Moreover, it has high speed at high loads. Repulsion motor is commonly used for drives which require large starting torque and adjustable but constant speed as in coil winding machines.

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11. Capacitor Start Induction Run Motor

It has fairly constant speed and moderately high starting torque. Speed control is not possible. Capacitor-start induction-run motor is generally used for compressors, refrigerators and small portable hoists.

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12. Capacitor Start And Run Motor

Its operating characteristics are similar to the above motor except that it has better power factor and higher efficiency. Hence, capacitor-start-and-run motors are commonly used for drives requiring quiet operations.

Hitachi capacitor start capacitor run motor
Hitachi capacitor start capacitor run motor

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Reference // ASHRAE Handbook: Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning Systems 2004

About Author //

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Edvard Csanyi

Edvard - Electrical engineer, programmer and founder of EEP. Highly specialized for design of LV high power busbar trunking (<6300A) in power substations, buildings and industry fascilities. Designing of LV/MV switchgears.Professional in AutoCAD programming and web-design.Present on

5 Comments


  1. NILESH
    Sep 02, 2016

    PLEASE PROVIDE THE DETAILS IN PDF FORM

  2. Great info. There are many differences between these motor types and you really need to dig into the matter to know which one is right for you.


  3. Mayur
    Jun 28, 2016

    Nice article


  4. Kotte anil kumar
    Jun 22, 2016

    Nice information.


  5. Saad
    Jun 22, 2016

    Great article

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