DC Motor Classes
D.C. motors are divided into three classes, as follows: series-wound motor, shunt-wound motor and compound-wound motor. Let’s take a word about each of motor class.
1. The series-wound motor
In this type (Figure 1) the field is in series with the armature. This type of DC motor is only used for direct coupling and other work where the load (or part of the load) is permanently coupled to the motor.
This will be seen from the speed-torque characteristic, which shows that on no load or light load the speed will be very high and therefore dangerous.
2. The shunt-wound motor
In this case the field is in parallel with the armature, as shown in Figure 2, and the shunt motor is the standard type of d.c. motor for ordinary purposes.
Its speed is nearly constant, falling off as the load increases due to resistance drop and armature reaction.
3. The compound-wound motor
This is a combination of the above two types. There is a field winding in series with the armature and a field winding in parallel with it (Figure 3). The relative proportions of the shunt and series winding can be varied in order to make the characteristics nearer those of the series motor or those of the shunt-wound motor.
The typical speed-torque curve is shown in the diagram.
Compound-wound motors are used for cranes and other heavy duty applications where an overload may have to be carried and a heavy starting torque is required.
Speed control is obtained as follows:
For series motors
By series resistance in parallel with the field winding of the motor. The resistance is then known as a diverter resistance. Another method used in traction consists of starting up two motors in series and then connecting them in parallel when a certain speed has been reached.
Series resistances are used to limit the current in this case.
For shunt and compound-wound motors
Speed regulation on shunt and compound-wound motors is obtained by resistance in series with the shunt-field winding only. This is shown diagrammatically for a shunt motor in Figure 4.
The principle of starting a shunt motor will be seen from Figure 4 which shows the faceplate-type starter, the starting resistance being in between the segments marked 1, 2, 3, etc. The starting handle is held in position by the no-volt coil, marked NV, which automatically allows the starter to return to the off position if the supply fails.
Overload protection is obtained by means of the overload coil, marked OL, which on overload short-circuits the no-volt coil by means of the contacts marked a and b.
Many starters have the speed regulator interlocked with the starting handle so that the motor cannot be started with a weak field.
These methods of starting are not used much today but are left in because many installations still exist. Modern methods of control employ static devices described below.
One of the most important methods of speed control is that involving the Ward-Leonard principle which comprises a d.c. motor fed from its own motor generator set.
The diagram of connections is shown in Figure 5.
The d.c. supply to the field windings of the generator and driving motor is obtained by means of an exciter driven from the generator shaft.
With the equipment it is possible to obtain 10 to 1 speed range by regulation of the generator shunt field and these sets have been used for outputs of 360W and upwards. On the smaller sizes speed ranges up to 15 to 1 have been obtained, but for general purposes the safe limit can be taken as 10 to 1.
This type of drive has been used for a variety of industrial applications and has been particularly successful in the case of electric planers and certain types of lifts, with outputs varying from 15 kW to 112 kW, also in the case of grinders in outputs of 360 W, 3/4kW and 11/2kW with speed ranges from 6 : 1 to 10 : 1.
The development of thyristors with high current carrying capacity and reliability has enabled thyristor regulators to be designed to provide a d.c. variable drive system that can match and even better the many a.c. variable-speed drive systems on the market.
This has meant a redesign of the d.c. motor to cater for the characteristics of the thyristor regulator.
Machines have laminated poles and smaller machines may also have laminated yokes. This is to improve commutation by allowing the magnetic circuit to respond more quickly to flux changes caused by the thyristor regulators. Square frame designs of d.c. machines have also been developed with much improved power/weight ratios together with other advantages.
Resource: Newnes Electrical Pocket Book – E.A. Reeves, Martin J. Heathcote (Get this book from Amazon)