Definition and Basic principle of Electro Deposition.
Electro deposition is the process of coating a thin layer of one metal on top of different
metal to modify its surface properties. It is done to achieve the desire electrical and
corrosion resistance, reduce wear &friction, improve heat tolerance and for decoration.
Electroplating Basics
Fig-1. Electrochemical Plating
Figure- 1, schematically illustrates a simple electrochemical plating system. The
―electro‖ part of the system includes the voltage/current source and the electrodes, anode and
cathode, immersed in the ―chemical‖ part of the system, the electrolyte or plating bath, with
the circuit being completed by the flow of ions from the plating bath to the electrodes. The
metal to be deposited may be the anode and be ionized and go into solution in the electrolyte,
or come from the composition of the plating bath. Copper, tin, silver and nickel metal usually
comes from anodes, while gold salts are usually added to the plating bath in a controlled
process to maintain the composition of the bath. The plating bath generally contains other
ions to facilitate current flow between the electrodes. The deposition of metal takes place at
the cathode. The overall plating process occurs in the following sequence:
1. Power supply pumps electrons into the cathode.
2. An electron from the cathode transfers to a positively charged metal ion in the
solution and the reduced metal plates onto the cathode.
3. Ionic conduction through the plating bath completes the circuit to the anode.
4. At the anode two different processes take place depending on whether the anode
material is soluble, the source of the metal to be plated, or insoluble, inert. If the
anode material is soluble, a metal atom gives up an electron and goes into the solution
as a positively charged metal ion replenishing the metal content of the plating bath. If
the anode is inert a negatively charged ion from the plating bath gives up an electron
to the anode.
5. The electron flows from the anode to the power supply completing the circuit. The
deposition of metal at the cathode requires an electron so the rate of deposition
depends on the flow of electrons, that is, the current flowing from the rectifier. The
thickness of the deposit, therefore, depends on the current and the length of time the
current is applied. This relationship is a result of Faraday‘s law which relates the
weight of a substance produced by an anode or cathode electrode reaction during
electrolysis as being directly proportional to the quantity of electricity passed through
the cell.
Faraday’s Laws of Electrolysis
From his experiments, Faraday deduced two fundamental laws which govern the
phenomenon of electrolysis. These are:
First Law. The mass of ions liberated at an electrode is directly proportional to
the quantity of electricity i.e. charge which passes through the electrolyte.
The weight of a substance liberated from an electrolyte in a given time is
proportional to the quantity of electricity passing through the electrolyte.
That is W
Q It , where I is the current and t is the time.
W = Zit
Where Z is a constant called electro-chemical equivalent.
If I = 1 ampere and T= one second then,
Z = W , which gives a definition of Z.
The electro-chemical equivalent of a substance is the amount of that substance by
weight liberated in unit time by unit current.
Second Law. The masses of ions of different substances liberated by the same
quantity of electricity are proportional to their chemical equivalent weights.
If the same current flows through several electrolytes, the weights of ions
liberated are proportional to their chemical equivalents.
The chemical equivalent of a substance is the weight of the substance which
can displace or combine with unit weight of hydrogen .Obviously, the chemical
equivalent of hydrogen is 1 by definition.
1. Current Efficiency
On account of the impurities which cause secondary reactions, the quantity of a
substance liberated is less than that calculated from faraday‘s Law.
Current efficiency is the ratio of the actual mass of a substance liberated from an electrolyte
by the passage of current to the theoretical mass liberated according to Faraday's law. Current
efficiency can be used in measuring electro deposition thickness on materials in electrolysis.
Current efficiency is also known as faradic efficiency, faradic yield and columbic efficiency.
2. Energy Efficiency
On account of secondary reactions, the voltage actually required for the deposition or
liberation of metal is higher than the theoretical value which increases the actual energy
Energy efficiency is defined as =
It is a process by which a metal is deposited over another metal or non-metal. Electro-plating
is a very common example of such process.
Conditions have to be provided so that the deposit will be fine grained and will
have a smooth appearance. The factors which affect the electro-deposition of metals are :
Current Density
Electrolyte concentration
Addition agents
Nature of electrolyte
Nature of the metal on which the deposit is to be made
Throwing power of the electrolyte
Current density
At low values of current density the ions are released at a slow rate and the rate of
growth of nuclei is more than the rate at which the new nuclei form themselves.
Electro-deposition depends upon the rate at which crystals grow and the rate at
which fresh nuclei are formed. Therefore, at low current densities the deposit will
be coarse and crystalline in nature. At higher values of current density the quality
of deposit becomes more uniform and fine-grained on account of the greater rate
of formation of nuclei. If the current density is so high that it exceeds the limiting
value for the electrolyte hydrogen is released and spongy and porous deposit is
Electrolytic Concentration
This is more or less complementary to the first factor, i.e. current density, since by
increasing the concentration of the electrolyte higher current density can be
achieved. Increase of concentration tends to give better deposits and some people
therefore favour it.
The temperature of the electrolyte has two contradictory effects. One, at
comparatively high temperature there is more diffusion and even at relatively high
current density smooth deposits may be produced. Two, the rate of crystal growth
increases the possibility of coarse deposits. At moderate temperatures the deposits
are good. In chromium plating the temperature is maintained at
nickel between
C to
C, and in
C .
Addition Agents
the quality of a deposit is improved by the presence of an addition agent which
may be colloidal matter or an organic compound, otherwise the metal deposits in
the form of large crystals and the surface becomes rough. Materials used as
addition agents are gelatin, agar, glue, gums, rubber, alkaloids, sugar etc. The
addition agents are supposed to be absorbed by crystal nuclei and prevent their
growth into large crystals. The discharged ions start to build up new nuclei and the
deposit of metal is fine-grained.
Nature of electrolyte
Smooth deposits are obtained from solutions having complex ions, e.g.,cyanides.
Silver from nitrate solution forms a coarse deposit while from cyanide solution it
forms a smooth deposit. Therefore, the formation of smooth deposit largely
depends upon the nature of electrolyte used.
Nature of the metal on which deposit is to be made
This factor influences the growth of crystals since it is believed that the operation
of crystals is in continuation of these in the base metal.
Throwing Power
The throwing power of an electrolyte may be regarded as the quality which
produces a uniform deposit on a cathode having an irregular shape.Since the shape
is irregular, The distance of the various parts of the cathode from the anode is not
the same and therefore the conductance of the electrolyte is not the same for all
parts of the cathode. The phenomenon of throwing power has not been clearly
understood so far. In an electrolyte of low conductance, the current will
concentrate on the parts of the cathode which are nearer the cathode resulting in
poor throwing power. If the electrolyte has good conductance, the throwing power
will also be good. One way to improve the throwing power is to keep a good
distance between the cathode and the anode thereby providing more or less the
same conductance for all parts of cathode. Presence of colloidal matter improves
the throwing power but increase of temperature may produce the opposite effect.
Extraction of Metals
This is done in two ways:
1. The ore is treated with a strong acid to obtain a salt and the solution of such a salt is
electrolyzed to liberate the metal.
2. When the ore in molten state is available it is electolysed in a furnace.
Extraction of Zinc
The ore consisting of zinc is treated with concentrated sulphuric acid, roasted and
passed through other processes to get rid of impurities by precipitation. The zincsulphate solution is then electrolysed. The cells consist of large lead-lined wooden
boxes having aluminum cathodes and lead anodes. The current density is about 1000
amperes per square meter. Zinc is deposited on cathodes.
Extraction of Aluminium
Ores of aluminium are bauxite cryolite.Bauxite is treated chemically and reduced to
aluminium oxide and then dissolved in fused cryolite and electrolysed.The furnce is
lined with carbon.The temperature of the furnace is about
C to keep the
electrolyte in a fused state. Aluminium deposits at the cathode.
Refining of Metals
Electrolytic extraction gives about 98 to 99 percent pure metal. Further refining is
done by electrolysis. The anodes are made of the impure metal extracted from its ores
and the electrolyte is a solution of the salt of the metal. Pure metal is deposited on the
Example : 1
A 20 cm long portion of a circular shaft 10 cm diameter is to be coated with a layer of
1.5 mm nickel. Determine the quantity of electricity in Ah and the time taken for the
process. Assume a current density of 195 A/sq.m and a current efficiency of 92
percent. Specific gravity of nickel is 8.9.
Solution :
Wt. of nickel = 8.9 gm/
Wt of nickel to be deposited
Electro-chemical equivalent of nickel is 1.0954 kg per 1,000Ah.
Quantity of electricity required
Current density =195 A/
Time taken =
= 68 hours.
= 833 Ahr
Electric heating is extensively used both for domestic and industrial applications. Domestic
applications include (i) room heaters (ii) immersion heaters for water heating (iii) hot plates
for cooking (iv) electric kettles (v) electric irons (vi) pop-corn plants (vii) electric ovens for
bakeries and (viii) electric toasters etc. Industrial applications of electric heating include (i)
melting of metals (ii) heat treatment of metals like annealing, tempering, soldering and
brazing etc. (iii) moulding of glass (iv)Baking of insulators (v) enamelling of copper wires
Advantage of electrical heating:
As compared to other methods of heating using gas, coal and fire etc., electric heating is far
superior for the following reasons:
(i) Cleanliness. Since neither dust nor ash is produced in electric heating, it is a clean system
of heating requiring minimum cost of cleaning.
(ii) No Pollution. Since no flue gases are produced in electric heating, no provision has to be
made for their exit.
(iii) Economical. Electric heating is economical because electric furnaces are cheaper in their
initial cost as well as maintenance cost since they do not require big space for installation or
for storage of coal and wood. Moreover, there is no need to construct any chimney or to
provide extra heat installation.
(iv)Ease of Control. It is easy to control and regulate the temperature of an electric furnace
with the help of manual or automatic devices. Temperature can be controlled within ± 5°C
which is not possible in any other form of heating.
(v) Special Heating Requirement. Special heating requirements such as uniform heating of
a material or heating one particular portion of the job without affecting its other parts or
heating with no oxidation can be met only by electric heating.
(vi) Higher Efficiency. Heat produced electrically does not go away waste through the
chimney and other by products. Consequently, most of the heat produced is utilised for
heating the material itself. Hence, electric heating has higher efficiency as compared to other
types of heating.
(vii) Better Working Conditions. Since electric heating produces no irritating noises and
also the radiation losses are low, it results in low ambient temperature. Hence, working with
electric furnaces is convenient and cool.
(viii) Heating of Bad Conductors. Bad conductors of heat and electricity like wood, plastic
and bakery items can be uniformly and suitably heated with dielectric heating process.
(ix) Safety. Electric heating is quite safe because it responds quickly to the controlled signals.
(x) Lower Attention and Maintenance Cost. Electric heating equipment generally will not
require much attention and supervision and their maintenance cost is almost negligible.
Hence, labour charges are negligibly small as compared to other forms of heating.
Different Methods of Heat Transfer
The different methods by which heat is transferred from a hot body to a cold body are as
I. Conduction
II. Convection
III. Radiation
In this mode of heat transfer, one molecule of the body gets heated and transfers some of the
heat to the adjacent molecule and so on. There is a temperature gradient between the two
ends of the body being heated.
Consider a solid material of cross-section Asq.m. and thickness x metre as shown in Fig.1.
If T1 and T2 are the temperatures of the two sides of the slab in °K, then heat conducted
between the two opposite faces in time t seconds is given by:
Where, K is thermal conductivity of the material.
II. Convection
( )
In this process, heat is transferred by the flow of hot and cold air currents. This process is
applied in the heating of water by immersion heater or heating of buildings. The quantity of
heat absorbed by the body by convection process depends mainly on the temperature of the
heating element above the surroundings and upon the size of the surface of the heater. It also
depends, to some extent, on the position of the heater. The amount of heat dissipated is given
by H = a (T1 – T2), where a is constant and T1 and T2 are the temperatures of the heating
surface and the fluid in °K respectively. In electric furnaces, heat transferred by convection is
III. Radiation
It is the transfer of heat from a hot body to a cold body in a straight line without affecting the
intervening medium. The rate of heat emission is given by Stefan‘s law, according to which
heat dissipated is given by equation—2.
) ]
( )
Where, K is radiating efficiency and e is known as emissivity of the heating element. If d is
the diameter of the heating wire and lits total length, then its surface area from which heat is
S = πdl .... (3)
If H is the power radiated per m2 of the heating surface, then,
Total power radiated as heat = Hπdl....(4)
If P is the electrical power input to the heating element, then
( )
Resistance Heating.
It is based on the I2R effect. When current is passed through a resistance element, I2R loss
takes place which produces heat. There are two methods of resistance heating.
(a) Direct Resistance Heating.
In this method the material (or charge) to be heated is treated as a resistance and
current is passed through it. The charge may be in the form of powder, small solid pieces or
liquid. The two electrodes are inserted in the charge and connected to either a.c. or d.c.
supply (Fig. 2). Obviously, two electrodes will be required in the case of d.c. or single-phase
a.c. supply but there would be three electrodes in the case of 3-phase supply. When the
charge is in the form of small pieces, a powder of high resistivity material is sprinkled over
the surface of the charge to avoid direct short circuit. Heat is produced when current passes
through it. This method of heating has high efficiency because the heat is produced in the
charge itself.
Fig:2 Direct Resistance heating
b) In-Direct Resistance heating.
In this method of heating, electric current is passed through a resistance element which is
placed in an electric oven. Heat produced is proportional to I2R losses in the heating element.
The heat so produced is delivered to the charge either by radiation or convection or by a
combination of the two. Sometimes, resistance is placed in a cylinder which is surrounded by
the charge placed in the jacket as shown in the Fig.3. This arrangement provides uniform
temperature. Moreover, automatic temperature control can also be provided.
Fig-3 Indirect Resistance heating
Principle of Resistance furnace.
These are suitably-insulated closed chambers with a provision for ventilation and are
used for a wide variety of purposes including heat treatment of metals like annealing and
hardening etc., staving of enamelled wares, drying and baking of potteries, vulcanizing and
hardening of synthetic materials and for commercial and domestic heating. Temperatures up
to 1000°C can be obtained by using heating elements made of nickel, chromium and iron.
Ovens using heating elements made of graphite can produce temperatures up to 3000°C.
Heating elements may consist of circular wires or rectangular ribbons. The ovens are usually
made of a metal framework having an internal lining of fire bricks. The heating element may
be located on the top, bottom or sides of the oven. The nature of the insulating material is
determined by the maximum temperature required in the oven. An enclosure for charge
which is heated by radiation or convection or both is called a heating chamber.
Fig. 4
Temperature Control of Resistance Furnaces
The temperature of a resistance furnace can be changed by controlling the I2R or V2/R losses.
Following different methods are used for the above purpose:
(1) Intermittent Switching.
In this case, the furnace voltage is switched ON and OFF intermittently. When the voltage
supply is switched off, heat production within the surface is stalled and hence its temperature
is reduced.
When the supply is restored, heat production starts and the furnace temperature begin to
increase. Hence, by this simple method, the furnace temperature can be limited between two
(2) By Changing the Number of Heating Elements.
In this case, the number of heating elements is changed without cutting off the supply to the
entire furnace. Smaller the number of heating elements, lesser the heat produced. In the case
of a 3-phase circuit, equal number of heating elements is switched off from each phase in
order to maintain a balanced load condition.
(3) Variation in Circuit Configuration.
In the case of 3-phase secondary load, the heating elements give less heat when connected in
a star than when connected in delta because in the two cases, voltages across the elements is
different (Fig.5). In single-phase circuits, series and parallel grouping of the heating elements
causes change in power dissipation resulting in change of furnace temperature. As shown in
Fig.6 heat produced is more when all these elements are connected in parallel than when they
are connected in series or series-parallel.
(4) Change of Applied Voltage.
(a) In the case of a furnace transformer having high voltage primary, the tapping control is
kept in the primary winding because the magnitude of the primary current is less. Consider
the multi-tap step-down transformer shown in Fig.7.
Let the four tapings on the primary winding have 100%, 80%, 60% and 50%. When 100%
primary turns are used, secondary voltage is given by V2 = (N2/N1)Vi, where Vi is the input
voltage. When 50% tapping is used, the number of primary turns involved is N1/2. Hence,
available secondary voltage V2 = (2N2/N1)Vi. By selecting a suitable primary tapping,
secondary voltage can be increased or decreased causing a change of temperature in the
(b) Bucking-Boosting the Secondary Voltage.
In this method, the transformer secondary is wound in two sections having unequal number
of turns. If the two sections are connected in series aiding, the secondary voltage is boosted
i.e., increased to (E2 + E3) as shown in Fig.8 (a). When the two sections are connected in
series-opposing [Fig.8(b)] the secondary voltage is reduced i.e., there is bucking effect.
Consequently, furnace voltage becomes (E2 – E3) and, hence, furnace temperature is
(c) Autotransformer Control.
Fig.9 shows the use of tapped autotransformer used for decreasing the furnace voltage and,
hence, temperature of small electric furnaces. The required voltage can be selected with the
help of a voltage selector.
(d) Series Reactor Voltage.
In this case, a heavy-duty core-wounded coil is placed in series with the furnace as and when
desired. Due to drop in voltage across the impedance of the coil, the voltage available across
the furnace is reduced. With the help of D.P.D.T. switch, high/low, two mode temperature
control can be obtained as shown in the Fig.10. Since the addition of series coil reduces the
power factor, a power capacitor is simultaneously introduced in the circuit for keeping the
p.f. nearly unity. As seen, the inductor is connected in series, whereas the capacitor is in
parallel with the furnace.
Arc Furnaces
If a sufficiently high voltage is applied across an air-gap, the air becomes ionized and starts
conducting in the form of a continuous spark or arc thereby producing intense heat. When
electrodes are made of carbon/graphite, the temperature obtained is in the range of 3000°C3500C. The high voltage required for striking the arc can be obtained by using a step-up
transformer fed from a variable a.c. supply as shown in Fig. 11 (a).
Indirect Arc Furnace
In this case, arc is formed between the two electrodes and the charge in such a way that
electric current passes through the body of the charge as shown in Fig.11(a) . Such furnaces
produce very high temperatures. In this case, arc is formed between the two electrodes and
the heat thus produced is passed on to the charge by radiation as shown in Fig. 47.11 (b).
Direct Arc Furnace
It could be either of conducting-bottom type [Fig.12 (a)] or non-conducting bottom type
[Fig.12 (b)]. As seen from Fig.12 (a), bottom of the furnace forms part of the electric circuit
so that current passes through the body of the charge which offers very low resistance.
Hence, it is possible to obtain high temperatures in such furnaces. Moreover, it produces
uniform heating of charge without stirring it mechanically. In Fig.12 (b), no current passes
through the body of the furnace. Most common application of these furnaces is in the
production of steel because of the ease with which the composition of the final product can be
controlled during refining. Most of the furnaces in general use are of non-conducting bottom
type due to insulation problem faced in case of conducting bottom.
Indirect Arc Furnace
Fig.13 shows a single-phase indirect arc furnace which is cylindrical in shape. The arc is
struck by short circuiting the electrodes manually or automatically for a moment and then,
withdrawing them apart. The heat from the arc and the hot refractory lining is transferred to
the top layer of the charge by radiation. The heat from the hot top layer of the charge is
further transferred to other parts of the charge by conduction. Since no current passes through
the body of the charge, there is no inherent stirring action due to electro-magnetic forces set
up by the current. Hence, such furnaces have to be rocked continuously in order to distribute
heat uniformly by exposing different layers of the charge to the heat of the arc. An electric
motor is used to operate suitable grinders and rollers to impart rocking motion to the furnace.
Rocking action provides not only thorough mixing of the charge, it also increases the furnace
efficiency in addition to increasing the life of the refractory lining material. Since in this
furnace, charge is heated by radiation only, its temperature is lower than that obtainable in a
direct arc furnace. Such furnaces are mainly used for melting nonferrous metals although they
can be used in iron foundries where small quantities of iron are required frequently.
Induction Heating
This heating process makes use of the currents induced by the electro-magnetic action
in the charge to be heated. In fact, induction heating is based on the principle of transformer
working. The primary winding which is supplied from an a.c. source is magnetically coupled
to the charge which acts as a short circuited secondary of single turn. When an a.c. voltage is
applied to the primary, it induces voltage in the secondary i.e. charge. The secondary current
heats up the charge in the same way, as any electric current does while passing through a
resistance. If V is the voltage induced in the charge and R is the charge resistance, then heat
produced = V 2/R. The value of current induced in the charge depends on (i) magnitude of
the primary current (ii) turn ratio of the transformer (iii) co-efficient of magnetic coupling.
Low-frequency induction furnaces are used for melting and refining of different metals.
However, for other processes like case hardening and soldering etc., high frequency eddycurrent heating is employed. Low frequency induction furnaces employed for the melting of
metals are of the following two types:
(a) Core-type Furnaces — It operates just like a two winding transformer. These can be
further sub-divided into (i) Direct core-type furnaces (ii) Vertical core-type furnaces and (iii)
Indirect core-type furnaces.
(b) Coreless-type Furnaces — in which an inductively-heated element is made to transfer
heat to the charge by radiation.
Core Type Induction Furnace
It is shown in Fig.14 and is essentially a transformer in which the charge to be heated forms a
single-turn short-circuited secondary and is magnetically coupled to the primary by an iron
core. The furnace consists of a circular hearth which contains the charge to be melted in the
form of an annular ring. When there is no molten metal in the ring, the secondary becomes
open-circuited there-by cutting off the secondary current. Hence, to start the furnace, molten
metal has to be poured in the annular hearth. Since, magnetic coupling between the primary
and secondary is very poor, it results in high leakage and low power factor. In order to nullify
the effect of increased leakage reactance, low primary frequency of the order of 10 Hz is
used. If the transformer secondary current density exceeds 500 A/cm2 then, due to the
interaction of secondary current with the alternating magnetic field, the molten metal is
squeezed to the extent that secondary circuit is interrupted. This effect is known as ―pinch
This furnace suffers from the following drawbacks:
1. It has to be run on low-frequency supply which entails extra expenditure on motorgenerator set or frequency convertor.
2. It suffers from pinching effect.
3. The crucible for charge is of odd shape and is very inconvenient for tapping the molten
4. It does not function if there is no molten metal in the hearth i.e. when the secondary is
open. Every time molten metal has to be poured to start the furnace.
5. It is not suitable for intermittent service. However, in this furnace, melting is rapid and
clean and temperature can be controlled easily. Moreover, inherent stirring action of the
charge by electro-magnetic forces ensures greater uniformity of the end product.
Vertical Core-Type Induction Furnace
It is also known as Ajax-Wyatt furnace and represents an improvement over the core-type
furnace discussed above. As shown in Fig.15, it has vertical channel (instead of a horizontal
one) for the charge, so that the crucible used is also vertical which is convenient from
metallurgical point of view. In this furnace, magnetic coupling is comparatively better and
power factor is high. Hence, it can be operated from normal frequency supply. The
circulation of the molten metal is kept up round the Vee portion by convection currents as
shown in Fig.15. As Vee channel is narrow, even a small quantity of charge is sufficient to
keep the secondary circuit closed. However, Vee channel must be kept full of charge in order
to maintain continuity of secondary circuit. This fact makes this furnace suitable for
continuous operation. The tendency of the secondary circuit to rupture due to pinch-effect is
counteracted by the weight of the charge in the crucible. The choice of material for inner
lining of the furnace depends on the type of charge used. Clay lining is used for yellow brass.
For red brass and bronze, an alloy of magnetia and alumina or corundum is used. The top of
the furnace is covered with an insulated cover which can be removed for charging. The
furnace can be tilted by the suitable hydraulic arrangement for taking out the molten metal.
This furnace is widely used for melting and refining of brass and other non-ferrous metals. As
said earlier, it is suitable for continuous operation. It has a p.f. of 0.8-0.85. With normal
supply frequency, its efficiency is about 75% and its standard size varies from 60-300 kW, all
single phase.
Fig-15 Core type Induction furnace
Indirect Core-Type Induction Furnace
In this furnace, a suitable element is heated by induction which, in turn, transfers the heat to
the charge by radiation. So far as the charge is concerned, the conditions are similar to those
in a resistance oven. As shown in Fig.16, the secondary consists of a metal container which
forms the walls of the furnace proper. The primary winding is magnetically coupled to this
secondary by an iron core. When primary winding is connected to a.c. supply, secondary
current is induced in the metal container by transformer action which heats up the container.
The metal container transfers this heat to the charge. A special advantage of this furnace is
that its temperature can be automatically controlled without the use of an external equipment.
The part AB of the magnetic circuit situated inside the oven chamber consists of a special
alloy which loses its magnetic properties at a particular temperature but regains them when
cooled back to the same temperature. As soon as the chamber attains the critical temperature,
reluctance of the magnetic circuit increases manifold thereby cutting off the heat supply. The
bar AB is detachable and can be replaced by other bars having different critical temperatures.
Coreless Induction Furnace
As shown in Fig.17, the three main parts of the furnace are (i) primary coil (ii) a ceramic
crucible containing charge which forms the secondary and (iii) the frame which includes
supports and tilting mechanism. The distinctive feature of this furnace is that it contains no
heavy iron core with the result that there is no continuous path for the magnetic flux. The
crucible and the coil are relatively light in construction and can be conveniently tilted for
pouring. The charge is put into the crucible and primary winding is connected to a highfrequency a.c. supply. The flux produce by the primary sets up eddy-currents in the charge
and heats it up to the melting point. The charge need not be in the molten state at the start as
was required by core-type furnaces. The eddy- currents also set up electromotive forces
which produce stirring action which is essential for obtaining uniforms quality of metal.
Since flux density is low (due to the absence of the magnetic core) high frequency supply has
to be used because eddy-current loss WeB2maxf 2. However, this high frequency increases
the resistance of the primary winding due to skin effect, thereby increasing primary Cu
losses. Hence, the primary winding is not made of Cu wire but consists of hollow Cu tubes
which are cooled by water circulating through them. Since magnetic coupling between the
primary and secondary windings is low, the furnace p.f. lies between 0.1 and 0.3. Hence,
static capacitors are invariably used in parallel with the furnace to improve its p.f. Such
furnaces are commonly used for steel production and for melting of non-ferrous metals like
brass, bronze, copper and aluminium etc., along with various alloys of these elements.
Special application of these furnaces include vacuum melting, melting in a controlled
atmosphere and melting for precision casting where high frequency induction heating is used.
It also finds wide use in electronic industry and in other industrial activities like soldering,
brazing hardening and annealing and sterilizing surgical instruments etc. Some of the
advantages of coreless induction furnaces are as follows:
They are fast in operation.
They produce most uniform quality of product.
They can be operated intermittently.
Their operation is free from smoke, dirt, dust and noises.
They can be used for all industrial applications requiring heating and melting.
They have low erection and operating costs.
Their charging and pouring is simple.
Dielectric Heating
It is also called high-frequency capacitive heating and is used for heating insulators like
wood, plastics and ceramics etc. which cannot be heated easily and uniformly by other
methods. The supply frequency required for dielectric heating is between 10-50 MHz and the
applied voltage is up to 20 kV. The overall efficiency of dielectric heating is about 50%.
Dielectric Loss
When a practical capacitor is connected across an a.c. supply, it draws a current which leads
the voltage by an angle φ, which is a little less than 90° or falls short of 90° by an angle δ. It
means that there is a certain component of the current which is in phase with the voltage and
hence produces some loss called dielectric loss. At the normal supply frequency of 50 Hz,
this loss is negligibly small but at higher frequencies of 50 MHz or so, this loss becomes so
large that it is sufficient to heat the dielectric in which it takes place. The insulating material
to be heated is placed between two conducting plates in order to form a parallel-plate
capacitor as shown in Fig.19 (a). Fig.19 (b) shows the equivalent circuit of the capacitor and
Fig.19 (c) gives its vector diagram.
Power drawn from supply = VI cos φ
Now, Ic= I =V/Xc= 2 f CV
∴P = V(2 fCV) cos φ = 2 fCV2 cos φ
Now, φ = (900 – δ), cos φ = cos (900 –δ) = sin δ = tan δ = δ
whereδ is very small and is expressed in radians.
P = 2 fCV2δ watts
Where, d is the thickness and A is the surface area of the dielectric slab.
This power is converted into heat. Since for a given insulator material, C and δ are constant,
the dielectric loss is directly proportional to V 2 f. That is why high-frequency voltage is used
in dielectric heating. Generally, a.c. voltage of about 20 kV at a frequency of 10-30 MHz is
Advantages of Dielectric Heating
1. Since heat is generated within the dielectric medium itself, it results in uniform
2. Heating becomes faster with increasing frequency.
3. It is the only method for heating bad conductors of heat.
4. Heating is fastest in this method of heating.
5. Since no naked flame appears in the process, inflammable articles like plastics and
wooden products etc. can be heated safely.
6. Heating can be stopped immediately as and when desired.
It is the process of joining two pieces of metal or non-metal at faces rendered plastic or liquid
by the application of heat or pressure or both. Filler material may be used to effect the union.
Welding Processes
All welding processes fall into two distinct categories:
1. Fusion Welding—it involves melting of the parent metal. Examples are:
(i) Carbon arc welding, metal arc welding, electron beam welding, electro-slag welding and
electro-gas welding which utilize electric energy and
(ii) Gas welding and thermal welding which utilize chemical energy for the melting purpose.
2. Non-fusion Welding—It does not involve melting of the parent metal. Examples are:
(i) Forge welding and gas non-fusion welding which use chemical energy.
(ii) Explosive welding, friction welding and ultrasonic welding etc., which use mechanical
(iii) Resistance welding which uses electrical energy.
Proper selection of the welding process depends on the (a) kind of metals to be joined (b)
cost involved (c) nature of products to be fabricated and (d) production techniques adopted.
Use of Electricity in Welding
Electricity is used in welding for generating heat at the point of welding in order to melt the
material which will subsequently fuse and form the actual weld joint. There are many ways of
producing this localised heat but the two most common methods are as follows:
1. Resistance welding—here current is passed through the inherent resistance of the joint to
be welded thereby generating the heat as per the equation I2Rt/J kilocalories.
2. Arc welding—here electricity is conducted in the form of an arc which is established
between the two metallic surfaces
Principle of arc welding
Formation and Characteristics of Electric Arc:
An electric arc is formed whenever electric current is passed between two metallic
electrodes which are separated by a short distance from each other. The arc is started by
momentarily touching the positive electrode (anode) to the negative metal (or plate) and then
withdrawing it to about 3 to 6 mm from the plate. When electrode first touches the plate, a
large short-circuits current flows and as it is later withdrawn from the plate, current continues
to flow in the form of a spark across the air gap so formed. Due to this spark (or discharge),
the air in the gap becomes ionized i.e. is split into negative electrons and positive ions.
Consequently, air becomes conducting and current is able to flow across the gap in the form
of an arc. As shown in Fig. 48.2, the arc consists of lighter electrons which flow from
cathode to anode and heavier positive ions which flow from anode to cathode. Intense heat is
generated when high velocity electrons strike the anode. Heat generated at the cathode is
much less because of the low velocity of the impinging ions. It is found that nearly two-third
of the heat is developed at the anode which burns into the form of a crater where temperature
rises to a value of 3500-4000°C. The remaining one-third of the heat is developed near the
cathode. The above statement is true in all d.c. systems of welding where positive side of the
circuit is the hottest side. As a result, an electrode connected to the positive end of the d.c.
supply circuit will burn 50% faster than if connected to the negative end. This fact can be
used for obtaining desired penetration of the base metal during welding.
Four Positions of Arc Welding
There are four basic positions in which manual arc welding is done.
1. Flat position. It is shown in Fig.20 (a). Of all the positions, flat position is the easiest,
most economical and the most used for all shielded arc welding. It provides the strongest
weld joints. Weld beads are exceedingly smooth and free of slag spots. This position is most
adaptable for welding of both ferrous and non-ferrous metals particularly for cast iron.
2. Horizontal Position. It is the second most popular position and is shown in Fig.20(b). It
also requires a short arc length because it helps in preventing the molten puddle of the metal
from sagging. However, major errors that occur while welding in horizontal position are
under-cutting and over-lapping of the weld zone .
3. Vertical Position. It is shown in Fig.20(c). In this case, the welder can deposit the bead
either in the uphill or downhill direction. Downhill welding is preferred for thin metals
because it is faster than the uphill welding. Uphill welding is suited for thick metals because
it produces stronger welds.
4. Overhead Position. It is shown in Fig.20(d). Here, the welder has to be very cautious
otherwise he may get burnt by drops of falling metal. This position is thought to be the most
hazardous but not the most difficult one.
Electrodes for Metal Arc Welding
An electrode is a filler metal in the form of a wire or rod which is either bare or coated
uniformly with flux. As per IS : 814-1970, the contact end of the electrode is left bare and
clean to a length of 20-30 mm. for inserting it into electrode holder (Fig.21).
Metal arc welding was originally done with bare electrodes which consisted of a piece of
wire or rod of the same metal as the base metal. However, due to atmospheric contamination,
they produced brittle and poor quality welds. Hence, bare wire is no longer used except for
automatic welding in which case arrangement is made to protect the weld area from the
atmosphere by either powdered flux or an inert gas. Since 1929, coated electrodes are being
extensively used for shielded arc welding. They consist of a metal core wire surrounded by a
thick flux coating applied by extrusion, winding or other processes. Depending on the
thickness of the flux coating, coated electrodes may be classified into (i) lightly-dusted (or
dipped) electrodes and (ii) semi-coated (or heavy coated) electrodes. Materials commonly
used for coating are (i) titanium oxide (ii) ferromanganese (iii) silica flour (iv) asbestos clay
(v) calcium carbonate and (vi) cellulose with sodium silicate often used to hold ingredients
together. Electrode coating contributes a lot towards improving the quality of the weld. Part
of the coating burns in the intense heat of the arc and provides a gaseous shield around the arc
which prevents oxygen, nitrogen and other impurities in the atmosphere from combining with
the molten metal to cause a poor quality brittle and weak weld. Another portion of the coating
flux melts and mixes with the impurities in the molten pool causing them to float to the top of
the weld where they cool in the form of slag. This slag improves the bead quality by
protecting it from the contaminating effects of the atmosphere and causing it to cool down
more uniformly. It also helps in controlling the basic shape of the weld bead. The type of
electrode used depends on the type of metal to be welded, the welding position, the type of
electric supply whether a.c. or d.c. and the polarity of the welding machine.
Carbon Arc Welding
(a) General
Carbon arc welding was the first electric welding process developed by a French inventor
Auguste de Meritens in 1881. In this process, fusion of metal is accomplished by the heat of
an electric arc. No pressure is used and generally, no shielding atmosphere is utilized. Filler
rod is used only when necessary. Although not used extensively these days, it has,
nevertheless, certain useful fields of application. Carbon arc welding differs from the more
common shield metal arc welding in that it uses non-consumablecarbon or graphic
electrodes instead of the consumable flux-coated electrodes.
(b) Welding Circuit
The basic circuit is shown in Fig.22 and can be used with d.c. as well as a.c. supply. When
direct current is used, the electrode is mostly negative (DCSP). The process is started by
adjusting the amperage on the d.c.welder, turning welder ON and bringing the electrode into
contact with the work piece. After the arc column starts, electrode is withdrawn 25 – 40 mm
away and the arc is maintained at this distance. The arc can be extinguished by simply
removing the electrode from the work piece completely. The only function of the carbon arc
is to supply heat to the base metal. This heat is used to melt the base metal or filler rod for
obtaining fusion weld Depending on the type and size of electrodes, maximum current values
range from 15 A to 600 A for single-electrode carbon arc welding.
(c) Electrodes
These are made of either carbon or graphite, are usually 300 mm long and 2.5 – 12 mm in
diameter. Graphite electrodes are harder, more brittle and last longer than carbon electrodes.
They can withstand higher current densities but their arc column is harder to control. Though
considered non-consumable, they do disintegrate gradually due to vaporisation and
Figure. 3
(d) Applications
1. The joint designs that can be used with carbon arc welding are butt joints, bevel joints,
flange joints, lap joints and fillet joints.
2. This process is easily adaptable for automation particularly where amount of weld deposit
is large and materials to be fabricated are of simple geometrical shapes such as water tanks.
3. It is suitable for welding galvanised sheets using copper-silicon-manganese alloy filler
4. It is useful for welding thin high-nickel alloys.
5. Monel metal can be easily welded with this process by using a suitable coated filler rod.
6. Stainless steel of thinner gauges is often welded by the carbon-arc process with excellent
(e) Advantages and Disadvantages
1. The main advantage of this process is that the temperature of the molten pool can be
easily controlled by simply varying the arc length.
2. It is easily adaptable to automation.
3. It can be easily adapted to inert gas shielding of the weld and
4. It can be used as an excellent heat source for brazing, braze welding and soldering etc.
Its disadvantages are as under:
1. A separate filler rod has to be used if any filler material is required.
2. Since arc serves only as a heat source, it does not transfer any metal to help reinforce
the weld joint.
3. The major disadvantage of the carbon-arc process is that blow holes occur due to
magnetic arc blow especially when welding near edges of the work piece.
Submerged Arc Welding
In this fusion process, welding is done under a blanket of granulated flux which shields the
weld from all bad effects of atmospheric gases while a consumable electrode is continuously
and mechanically fed into the arc. The arc, the end of the bare metal electrode and the molten
weld pool are all submerged under a thick mound of finely-divided granulated powder that
contains deoxidisers, cleansers and other fluxing agents. The fluxing powder is fed from a
hopper that is carried on the welding head itself (Fig.23). This hopper spread the powder in a
continuous mound ahead of the electrode in the direction of welding. Since arc column is
completely submerged under the powder, there is no splatter or smoke and, at the same time,
weld is completely protected from atmospheric contamination. Because of this protection,
weld beads are extremely smooth. The flux adjacent to the arc column melts and floats to the
top of the molten pool where it solidifies to form slag. This slag is easy to remove. Often it
cracks off by itself as it cools. The unused flux is removed and is reused again and again.
The electrode is either a bare wire or has a slight mist of copper coated over it to prevent
oxidation. In automatic or semi-automatic submerged arc welding, wire electrode is fed
mechanically through an electrically contacting collect. Though a.c. power supply may be
used, yet d.c. supply is more popular because it assures a simplified and positive control of
the welding process. This process requires high current densities about 5 to 6 times of those
used in ordinary manual stick electrode welding. As a result, melting rate of the electrode as
well as welding speed become much higher. Faster welding speed minimizes distortion and
war page. The submerged arc process is suitable for
1. Welding low-alloy, high-tensile steels.
2. Welding mild, low-carbon steels.
3. Joining medium-carbon steel, heat-resistant steels and corrosion-resistant steels etc.
4. Welding nickel, and other non-ferrous metals like copper. This process has many industrial
applications such as fabrication of pipes, boiler pressure vessels, railroad tank cars, structural
shapes etc. which demand welding in a straight line. Welds made by this process have high
strength and ductility. A major advantage of this process is that fairly thick sections can be
welded in a single pass without edge preparation. Submerged arc welding can be done
manually where automatic process is not possible such as on curved lines and irregular joints.
Such a welding gun is shown in Fig-24. Both manual and automatic submerged arc processes
are most suited for flat and slightly downhill welding positions.
Twin Submerged Arc Welding
As shown in Fig.25, in this case, two electrodes are used simultaneously instead of one.
Hence, weld deposit size is increased considerably. Moreover, due to increase in welding
current (upto 1500 A), much deeper penetration of base metal is achieved.
Gas Shield Arc Welding
In this fusion process, welding is done with bare electrodes but weld zone is shielded from
the atmosphere by a gas which is piped to the arc column. Shielding gases used are carbon
dioxide, argon, helium, hydrogen and oxygen. No flux is required. Different processes using
shielding gas are as follows.
(a) Tungsten inert-gas (TIG) Process
In this process, non-consumable tungsten electrode is used and filler wire is fed separately.
The weld zone is shielded from the atmosphere by the inert gas (argon or helium) which is
ducted directly to the weld zone where it surrounds the tungsten and the arc column.
(b) Metal inert-gas (MIG) Process
It is a refinement of the TIG process. It uses a bare consumable (i.e. fusible) wire electrode
which acts as the source for the arc column as well as the supply for the filler material. The
weld zone is shielded by argon gas which is ducted directly to the electrode point.
Resistance Welding
It is fundamentally a heat and squeeze process. The term ‘resistance welding’ denotes a
group of processes in which welding heat is produced by the resistance offered to the passage
of electric current through the two metal pieces being welded. These processes differ from
the fusion processes in the sense that no extra metal is added to the joint by means of a filler
wire or electrode. According to Joule‘s law, heat produced electrically is given by H = I2Rt/J.
Obviously, amount of heat produced depends on. (i) square of the current (ii) the time of
current and (iii) the resistance offered. As seen, in simple resistance welding, high-amperage
current is necessary for adequate weld. Usually, R is the contact resistance between the two
metals being welded together. The current is
passed for a suitable length of time controlled by a timer. The various types of resistance
welding processes may be divided into the following four main groups :
(i) spot welding (ii) seam welding (iii) projection welding and (iv) butt welding which could
be further subdivided into flash welding, upset welding and stud welding etc.
Some of the advantages of resistance welding are as under :
1. Heat is localized where required
2. Welding action is rapid
3. No filler material is needed
4. Requires comparatively lesser skill
5. Is suitable for large quantity production
6. Both similar and dissimilar metals can be welded
7. Parent metal is not harmed
8. Difficult shapes and sections can be welded.
Only disadvantages are with regard to high initial as well as maintenance cost. It is a form of
resistance welding in which the two surfaces are joined by spots of fused metal caused by
fused metal between suitable electrodes under pressure.
Spot Welding
The process depends on two factors:
1. Resistance heating of small portions of the two work pieces to plastic state and
2. Application of forging pressure for welding the two work pieces. Heat produced is H = I2
Rt/J. The resistance R is made up of (i) resistance of the electrodes and metals themselves (ii)
contact resistance between electrodes and work pieces and (iii) contact resistance between the
two work pieces. Generally, contact resistance between the two work pieces is the greatest.
As shown in Fig-26 (b), mechanical pressure is applied by the tips of the two electrodes. In
fact, these electrodes not only provide the forging pressure but also carry the welding current
and concentrate the welding heat on the weld spot directly below them. Fig.26 (a) shows
diagrammatically the basic parts of a modern spot welding. It consists of a step-down
transformer which can supply huge currents (up to 5,000 A) for short duration of time. The
lower arm is fixed whereas the upper one is movable. The electrodes are made of lowresistance, hard copper alloy and are either air cooled or butt-cooled by water circulating
through the rifled drillings in the electrode. Pointed electrodes [Fig.27 (a)] are used for
ferrous materials whereas domed electrodes are used for non-ferrous materials. Flat domes
are used when spot-welding deformation is not desired. The weld size is determined by the
diameter of the electrode.
The welding machine is cycled in order to produce the required heat timed to coincide with
the pressure exerted by the electrodes as shown in Fig.26 (a). As the movable electrode
comes down and presses the two work pieces A and B together, current is passed through the
assembly. The metals under the pressure zone get heated up to about 950°C and fuse
together. As they fuse, their resistance is reduced to zero, hence there is a surge of current.
This surge is made to switch off the welding current automatically. In motor-driven
machines, speeds of 300strokes/minute are common. Spot welders are of two different types.
One is a station arc welder which is available in different sizes. The other has a stationary
transformer but the electrodes are in a gun form. Electric resistance spot welding is probably
the best known and most widely-used because of its low cost, speed and dependability. It can
be easily performed by even a semi-skilled operator. This process has a fast welding rate and
quick set-up time apart from having low unit cost per weld. Spot welding is used for
galvanized, tinned and lead coated sheets and mild steel sheet work. This technique is also
applied to non-ferrous materials such as brass, aluminium, nickel and bronze etc.
Seam Welding
The seam welder differs from ordinary spot welder only in respect of its electrodes which are
of disc or roller shape as shown in Fig.28(a). These copper wheels are power driven and
rotate whilst gripping the work. The current is so applied through the wheels that the weld
spots either overlap as in Fig.28 (b) or are made at regular intervals as in Fig.28 (c). The
continuous or overlapped seam weld is also called stitch weld whereas the other is called roll
Seam welding is confined to welding of thin materials ranging in thickness from 2 mm to 5
mm. It is also restricted to metals having low harden ability rating such as hot-rolled grades
of low alloy steels. Stitch welding is commonly used for long water-tight and gas-tight joints.
Roll welding is used for simple joints which are not water-tight or gas-tight. Seam welds are
usually tested by pillow test.
Projection Welding
It can be regarded as a mass-production form of spot welding. Technically, it is a cross
between spot welding and butt welding. It uses the same equipment as spot welding.
However, in this process, large-diameter flat electrodes (also called platens) are used. This
welding process derives its name from the fact that, prior to welding, projections are raised
on the surfaces to be welded [Fig.29 (a)].
As seen, the upper and lower platens are connected across the secondary of a step-down
transformer and are large enough to cover all the projections to be welded at one stroke of the
machine. When platen A touches the work piece, welding current flows through each
projection. The welding process is started by first lowering the upper platen A on to the
work-piece and then applying mechanical pressure to ensure correctly-forged welds. Soon
after, welding current is switched on as in spot welding. As projection areas heat up, they
collapse and union takes place at all projections simultaneously [Fig.29(b)]. Projection
welding is used extensively by auto manufactures for joining nuts, bolts and studs to steel
plates in car bodies. This process is especially suitable for metals like brass, aluminium and
copper etc. mainly due to their high thermal conductivity. A variation of projection welding is
the metal fibre welding which uses a metal fibre rather than a projection point(Fig.30).
This metal fibre is generally a fill material. Instead of projections, tiny elements of this felt
material are placed between the two metals which are then projection-welded in the usual
Butt Welding
In this case, the two work pieces are brought into contact end-to-end and the butted ends are
heated by passing a heavy current through the joint. As in other forms of resistance welding,
the weld heat is produced mainly by the electrical resistance of the joint faces. In this case,
however, the electrodes are in the form of powerful vice clamps which hold the work-pieces
and also convey the forging pressure to the joint [Fig.31].
This process is useful where parts have to be joined end-to-end or edge-to-edge. i.e. for
welding pipes, wires and rods. It is also employed for making continuous lengths of chain.
Light is a form of radiant energy. Various form of incandescent bodies are the sources
of light and light emitted by such bodies depend upon the temperature of bodies. Heat energy
is radiated into the medium by a body which is hotter than the medium surrounding it.
When the temperature increases the body changes red-hot to white-hot state, the
wave-length of the energy radiated becomes smaller and enters into the range of the wavelength of light.
The ratio of the energy emitted by the body in the form of light to the total energy
emitted by the body is known as the ―radiant efficiency‖ of the body, which depends upon the
temperature. Higher the temperature of the body; lower the wave-length of radiant energy and
higher the efficiency.
Luminous Intensity:-Luminous intensity in any given direction is the luminous flux emitted
by the source per unit solid angle, measured in the direction in which the intensity is required.
It is denoted by symbol I and is measured in candela (cd) or lumens per steradian.
Lumen: - The lumen is the unit of luminous flux and is defined as the amount of luminous
flux given out in a space represented by one unit of solid angle by a source having an
intensity of one candle power in all directions.
i.e., Lumens= candle power × solid angle = CP×ω
Or, total lumens given out by source of one candela is 4 lumens
Illumination:- When the falls upon any surface, the phenomenon is called the illumination. It
is defined as the number of number of lumens, falling on the surface, per unit area. It is
denoted by symbol E and is measured in lumens per square meter or lux or meter-candela.
If a flux of F lumens falls on a surface of area A , then the illumination of that surface
Mean Horizontal Candle Power (MHCP):- It is defined as the mean of candle powers in all
directions in horizontal plane containing the source of light.
Mean Spherical Candle Power (MSCP):- It is defined as the mean of candle powers in all
directions and in all planes from the source of light.
Mean Hemi-Spherical Candle Power (MHSCP):- It is defined as the mean of candle
powers in all directions above or below the horizontal plane passing through the source of
Brightness or luminance: it is defined as the luminous intensity per unit projected area of
either a surface source of light or a reflecting surface and is defined by L.
candela/m2 or nits
Solid Angle: Plane angle is subtended at a point in a plane by two converging straight lines
and its magnitude is given by
There are two laws of illumination (1) Law of inverse squares (2) Lambert‘s cosine law
The law of inverse square states that ―The illumination of a surface is inversely
proportional to the square of the distance between the surface and the light source provided
that the distance between the surface and the source is sufficiently large so that the source can
be regarded as a point of source.‖
If a source of light which emits light equally in all directions be placed at the centre of a
hollow sphere, the light will fall uniformly on the inner surface of the sphere, that is to say
each square mm of the surface will receive the same amount of light. If the sphere be
replaced by one of the larger radius, the same total amount of light is spread over a larger
area proportional to the square of the radius. The amount which falls upon any square mm of
such a surface will, therefore, diminish as the radius increases, and will be inversely
proportional to the square of the distance.
Mathematically it can be proved as follows:
Let us consider surface area A1 and surface area A2 at distances r1 and r2 respectively from
the point source S of luminous intensity I and normal to the rays, as shown in fig.
Fig. 1
Inverse Square Law:
Let the solid angle subtended be ω steradians
Luminous flux radiated per steradians = I
Total luminous flux radiated =Iω lumens
Illumination on the surface of area A1=Iω/A1 lumens per unit area
And area A1=ωr1
Illumination on the surface of area A1,
E1=Iω/ωr12=I/r12 lumens per unit area
Similarly illumination on the surface of area A2,
E2=Iw/A2=I ω/ωr22=I/r22 lumens per unit area.
2. Lambert’s Cosine Law:
This law states that the illumination at any point on a surface is proportional to the
cosine of the angle between the normal at that point and the direction of luminous flux.
Fig. 2
Lambert’s Cosine Law
The above figure shows that the area over which the is spread is then increased in the ratio
And the illumination decreases in the ratio cosθ/1
The expressions for the illumination then becomes
E=I cosθ / r2.
The luminous intensity in all directions can be represented by polar curves. If the
luminous intensity in a horizontal plane passing through the lamp is plotted against angular
position then this curve is known as horizontal polar curve. If the luminous intensity in a
vertical plane is plotted against the angular position, then curve is known as vertical polar
curve. The vertical and horizontal polar curve is shown as fig.
Fig.3a.Polar Curve for Horizontal plane
Fig 3.b. Polar Curve for Vertical
The polar curves are used to determine the mean horizontal candle power and mean
spherical candle power .These are used to determine the actual illumination of a surface by
employing the candle power in that particular direction.
Maintenance Factor: The ratio of illumination under normal working conditions to the
illumination when the things are perfectly clean is known as maintenance factor.
Illumination under normal working conditions / illumination when everything is perfectly
Depreciation Factor: It is defined as the ratio of initial meter candles to the ultimate
maintained meter candles on the working plane. It is also the inverse of the maintenance
factor. Its value is more than 1.
The distribution of the light emitted by lamps is controlled by means of reflectors and
translucent diffusing screens. The interior lighting schemes is classified as (a) direct lighting
(b)semi-directing lighting (c) in directing lighting (d) general lighting.
Direct lighting: It is the most commonly used type of lighting scheme. In this scheme more
than 90 percent of total light flux is made to fall directly on the working plane with the help
of deep reflectors. It is mainly used for industrial and general outdoor lighting.
Semi-direct lighting: in this lighting scheme 60 to 90 percent of the total light flux is made
to fall downwards directly with the help of semi direct reflectors, remaining light is used to
illuminate the ceiling and walls. Such a lighting scheme is best suited to rooms with high
ceilings where a high level of uniformly distributed illumination is desirable.
Semi-indirect lighting: In This lighting scheme 60 to 90 percent of total light flux is thrown
upwards to the ceiling for diffuse reflection and the rest reaches the working plane directly
except for some absorption by the bowl. This lighting scheme is with soft shadows and glare
free. It is mainly used for indoor light decoration purposes.
Indirect Lighting: In this light scheme more than 90 percent of total light flux is thrown
upwards to the ceiling for diffuse reflection by using inverted or bowl reflectors. in such a
system the ceiling acts as the light source, and the glare is reduced to minimum. The resulting
illumination is softer and more diffused, the shadows are more prominent and the appearance
of room is more improved over which that results from direct lighting. it is used for
decoration purposes in cinemas, theatres and hotel etc. and in workshops where large
machines and other and obstructions would cause troublesome shadows if direct lighting is
General Lighting: in this scheme lamps made of diffusing glass are used which give nearly
equally illumination in all directions.
The basic principle of a gaseous discharge lamp as shown in fig. Gases are normally poor
conductors at atmospheric and high pressures. When application of suitable voltage, known
as ignition voltage across the two electrodes, as result in a discharge through the gas which is
accompanied by electromagnetic radiation. The wave-length of this radiation depends upon
the gas, its pressure and the metal vapour used in lamp.
Once the ionization has commenced in the gas, it has a tendency to increase
continuously accompanied by a fall in the circuit resistance. In order to limit the current to a
safe value of a choke or ballast is made. The choke performs the dual functions of providing
the ignition voltage initially and limiting the current. Since due to use of choke the power
factor becomes poor, i.e.0.3-0.4 .Therefore in order to improve the power factor of the
gaseous discharge lamp use of a condenser. The colour of the light obtained depends upon the
nature of the gas or vapour used.
Fig. 4. Gaseous Discharge Lamp
The production of light by these lamps is based on the phenomenon of excitation and
ionization in a gas or vapour . We shall now briefly discuss this phenomenon with reference
to the structure of an atom.An atom has a positive nucleus and one or more electrons
revolving around it in certain fixed certain solids and gases here are what are known
as free electrons which can escape from the influence of the nucleus of one atom and go over
to another atom.There are thus a number of electrons which are mobile in nature.If a potential
difference is applied to two electrodes placed in a gas having a large number of free
electrons, these electrons will be attracted to the positive electrode and the velocity acquired
by an electron will depend upon the potential gradient. During its motion towards the positive
electrode, an electron will strike other atoms and one or more of the following results may be
The electron may be bounced off the atom it strikes and there may be no change in its
velocity. This happens when the striking electron has a small amount of kinetic energy.
If the electron has acquired kinetic energy above a certain critical value in the process of
passing through a certain potential which is termed as the excitation potential, the collision
may cause one of the electrons to jump from its normal orbit into another one. This happens
when the colliding electron has a kinetic energy of 2.1eV.The colliding electron imparts its
kinetic energy to the atom that it strikes and this atom is said to be in an excited state.In this
way the atoms can be placed in the 1st,2nd,3rd,4h or higher excited states depending upon the
kinetic energy of the colliding electron.
If the kinetic energy of the colliding atom is large, it will completely knock out an
electron from its orbit and this electron will now behave like a free electron and may produce
more free electrons by collision. A large number of free electrons thus produced constitute a
heavy current and an electric arc may result. This phenomenon is called ionization. Ionization
potential is the potential difference through which an electron must travel to acquire energy
for ionization by collision.
Neon Lamp
These belong to the cold-cathode category. The electrodes are in the form of iron
shells and are coated on the inside. The colour of the light emitted is red and these lamps are
mostly used for electrical advertising. High voltage is used for starting. If helium gas is used
for in place of neon, pinkish white light is obtained. Helium and neon through coloured glass
tubing produce a variety of effects. Figure below shows a circuit for a neon lamp. The
transformer has a high leakage reactance, which stabilize the arc in the lamp. A capacitor is
used for power factor improvement.
Fig. 5. Neon Lamp
Sodium Vapour lamp
Sodium vapour has the highest theoretical luminous efficiency and gives monochromatic
orange-yellow light.The monochromatic light makes objects appear grey. Such lamps on
account of this factor are used only for street and highway lighting.
Fig. 6 Sodiun Vapour Lamp
The Lamp consists of a discharge tube having special composition of glass to
withstand the high temperature of the electric discharge. The discharge tube is surrounded by
an outer tube as shown below. For heating the cathode a transformer is included.Sodium
is in solid state.For starting the lamp the electric discharge is allowed to take
place in neon gas.The temperature inside the discharge tube rises and vapourises
sodium.Operating temperature is around
.It takes about 10 minutes for the sodium
vapour to displace the red colour of neon by its brown yellow colour. The lamp takes about
half an hour to reach full output. A choke is providing for stabilizing the electric discharge
and a capacitor for power factor improvement. The light output is about 40 to 50 lumens per
Mercury Vapour Lamp
It is similar in construction to the sodium vapour lamp. The electrodes are tungsten
coils containing an electron emitting material which may be a small piece of thorium or an
oxide mixture. Argon is introduced to help start the lamp. The electric discharge first takes
place through argon and this vaporizes the mercury inside the discharge tube. The electron
emitting material supplies electrons to maintain the arc.
The space between the two bulbs is filled with an inert gas. The pressure
inside the discharge tube may range from one to ten atmospheres in lamps used for lighting
purposes as at these pressures the radiation is in the visible spectrum. If the pressure inside
the discharge tube is low, most of the light is in the ultraviolet rgion.The efficiency is 30 to
40 lumens per watt.
Fig.7 High pressure Mercury vapour Lamp
Fluorescent Lamp
In the mercury vapour lamp considerable amount of radiation is in the ultra violet
range. By coating the inside of the tube by phosphor this ultra violet radiation is converted in
visible light. Phosphors have definite characteristic colours but when mixed together they
produce a large variety of colours. These phosphors are stable compounds and give a high
output throughout the life of the lamp.
There are three types of fluorescent lamps:
1. Iron cathode or cold cathode type
2. Tungsten cathode, pre-heated type
3. Tungsten cathode, cold
In the cold cathode discharge tube under normal operating conditions which depend
on the type and pressure of the gas and the type of electrodes,a glow discharge takes place
which is discontinuous near the cathode where crockes and faraday dark space occur due to
the formation of space charges in the gas.There is fairly large fall in voltage in this
region.Then there is the positive column which provides useful illumination.The voltage drop
along the positive column is proportional to its length.The large voltage drop at the cathode is
independent of the tube length and depends only on the cathode material and the gas pressure.
It may be between 100 and 200 volts. If, therefore , a cold cathode tube were to be operated
from the mains,it would be very inefficient since most of the voltage will be utilized in
overcoming the cathode voltage drop. It becomes necessary to use high voltage for the
economic operation of this type of lamp.Also the lamp is not efficient unless its length is
considerable.However, cold cathode tubes are of smaller diameter and can give any shape
which makes them suitable for display and advertisement purpose.
Fig. 8 Operation of the cold cathode lamps in series
Tungsten Cathode Preheated Type
In tungsten cathode preheated type electrons are produced by thermionic emission.
Lower starting operating voltages are adequate. A transient voltage of 300 to 600 volts
applied by the starter initiates the arc stream. The coating material decays in each starting of
the lamp. The constant impact of electrons on the cathode also dislodges some of the emitting
material. Finally so little of the materials is left that it is not possible to emit any electrons
and the lamp becomes dead. This type of lamp is unsuitable for frequent starting
Fluorescent lamps produce flicker or stroboscopic effect since on 50 cycle supply they
are extinguished 100 times a second. Single lamp cannot be operated without flicker. Flicker
correction can be applied to pairs of lamps.
Radio interference is another effect produced by fluorescent lamps and has to be removed by
suitable filter circuits. The advantage of fluorescent lamp is that its efficiency and life under
normal conditions are almost three times those for filament lamps. The quantity of light
obtained is superior, glare is minimum and the fluorescent light source casts soft shadows.
However, the initial cost of the lamp and filling is higher than the incandescent lamps.
Starters of automatic starting switches are of two types:
1. Thermal Type
2. Glow discharge Type
The thermal starter has a heater coil which heats a bimetallic switch. The heater coil remains
energized to keep the bimetallic switch open throughout the operation .It therefore, consumes
a small amount of power. Figure below shows the circuit diagram of fluorescent lamp started
by a thermal starter. When the supply is switched on the contacts of the bimetallic switch are
closed and the current passes though the electrodes and heats them up. But after an interval of
a few seconds the heater coil heats up the bimetallic strip and the bimetallic switch contacts
open. This starts a high voltage transient across the electrode due to the presence of the choke
or ballast in the circuit. An arc is struck between the electrodes due to the high voltage
transient. The identical circuit showing the use of a glow starter can also be used as shown.
The glow starter is enclosed in a glass bulb filled with neon or argon. One of the electrodes is
a bimetallic strip.
Fig.9 Fluorescent lamp
When the normal voltage is applied to the lamp, a glow discharge takes place across the
glow switch and small current flows through the electrodes. The bimetallic strip expands due
to the heating effect of the current in the glow discharge. The expansion of bimetallic strip
causes the electrodes touch each other and the electrodes get pre heated due to flow of an
appreciable amount of current. Mean while the bimetal cools. The glow switch opens and the
resultant high voltage transient starts the arc discharge through the tube.
Electrical energy is finding increasing application in industrial and commercial fields.
Electric drive for industrial purposes is now almost universal. There are number of inherent
advantages that the electric drive possesses over other forms of conventional drives. It is
cleaner, more easily controllable and more flexible. With greater advancement in the
development of Electric motors and control gear, the trend in the industry is towards an allelectric drive.
Both d.c. And a.c. is used for electric drives. Use of d.c. is limited on account of
permissible voltage drop in feeders. But d.c. systems are still in use for many reasons.
The electric drive due to various inherent advantages has been universally
adopted by the industry. Both A.C. and D.C. motors are used, however, A.C. system is
preferred. The utilization of electrical energy is always advantageous as it is cheaper ,it can
be easily transmitted at comparatively low line losses it is easy to maintain the voltage at
consumer premises within the prescribed limits and it is possible to increase or decrease the
voltage without appreciable loss of power.
In spite of the advantages of A.C. system, following are the applications of
D.C. Industrial drives:
For traction purposes, as in such application a very high staring torque is
required. The starting torque can be obtained from D.C. series motor at low operating cost.
The speed of A.C. motors is almost constant, where as it can be varied easily
in case of D.C. motor. Thus for variable speed applications such as lift and Ward Leonard
system etc., the D.C. motors are preferred.
D.C. motors are also used in industry where very high accuracy of speed
control is required.
The cost of change-over from d.c. to a.c. involves changes both in the power
system and the consumer‘s equipment and is likely to be expensive.
In some processes, Example: - electro-chemical, battery-charging etc. d.c. is
the only type of power that is suitable.
Group Drive
Where a number of machines are driven through belts from a common shaft, it is
known as group drive. Alternatively, each machine may have its own driving motor, in
which case it is called individual drive.
In group drive case, one motor is used as a drive for two or more machines. The
motor is connected to a long shaft. The machines are connected to this shaft through belt
and pulleys. The use of this kind of drive is restricted due to the following reasons:
If at certain instance all the machines are not in operation, then the motor will
be working at low capacity.
In case of fault in the motor all the machines connected to this motor will
cease to operate thereby paralyzing either complete or part of industry up till the time the
fault is removed.
It is not possible to install any machine at a distant place.
The possibility of installation of additional machines in an existing industry is
However, there are certain advantages of the group drive, which are detailed below:
Initial cost of installing the industry is low. For example , if the power
requirement of each machine is 10 H.P. and there are 10 machines in the group, then the
cost of ten numbers 10 H.P. motors will be much more than one 100 H.P. motor. Further, it
is learnt from practical experience that the combined requirement of all these ten machines
at a time will be less than 100 H.P. This further reduces the initial cost.
In certain industrial processes one process is connected to another process and
will be advantageous if all these interconnected processes are stopped simultaneously.
Individual drive :
In this case there is a separate driving motor for each machines. Such a drive is very
common in most of the industries. It has the following advantages :
If there is a fault in one motor, the effect on the production or output of the
industry will not be appreciable.
Machines can be located at convenient places.
Continuity in the production of the industry is ensured to a higher degree.
Following is the disadvantage:
Initial cost will be high.
Selection of Motors :
Due to the universal adoption of electric drive, it has become necessary for the manufacturer
to manufacture motors of various designs according to the suitability and use in various
classes of industry. This has resulted into numerous types of motors. For this reason, the
selection of motor itself has become an important and tedious process. Taking into account
the conditions under which a motor is required to operate, following factors will decide the
type of motor required. :
1. Electrical Characteristics: The following are the electrical characteristics:
a. Starting characteristics
b. Running characteristics
c. Speed control
d. Braking
2. Mechanical Characteristics. These are:
a. Structural feature i.e. type of enclosure and bearing.
b. Method employed for transmission of power.
c. Noise.
d. Type of cooling.
3. Size and Rating of motors.
Following are the sub-heads under these characteristics;
a. Rating of the motor.
b. Suitability of the motor for continuous intermittent or variable loads.
c. Over load capacity.
4. Cost;
a. Initial cost.
b. Running cost.
In addition to the above factors, the type of current is also to be taken into consideration.
From above it will be seen that the basic problem is to study carefully and thoroughly the
load requirement, its surrounding and type of job it has to perform and then a motor which
has the required characteristics and fulfil all the requirements is selected. The factors
described above have been discussed in the following pages in detail.
Starting characteristics
The starting torque exerted by a motor should be large enough to accelerate the motor and its
load to the rated speed in a reasonably short time. Some motors mat have to start against full
load torque, Ex:- motors driving grinding mills or oil expellers. In the case of lifts and hoists,
the motors have to start frequently with acceleration.
At the time of starting a motor two torques come into play: the torque required to
overcome the static friction and the torque necessary to accelerate the motors and its load to
the desired speed. The torques required for static friction cannot be easily determined. The
torque for acceleration depends upon the load torque itself. The load torque may:
Increase with speed i.e., may be proportional to (
centrifugal pump OR
Remain constant with speed as in the case of a hoist.
) as in the case of a fan or
The starting gear should, therefore be able to carry the starting current taken by a motor
to a safe value consistent with the production of the necessary starting torque.
Starting Torque of DC Motors
Starting Torque in case of DC motors. Consider P poles motor producing flux webers per
pole and let, be the total armature current.if the number of parallel paths are A, then the
gross torque is given as:
m.Nw =0.159
m.Nw =0.0162
Now, whole of this torque developed will not be available at the pulley or is not available for
doing useful work, since some of the power (Torque) developed is utilized in supplying
friction and windage losses. The difference of gross Torque and the Torque lost in friction is
called the shaft torque.
be the angular speed of motor.
Power developed by the armature =
metre-Newtons or joules or watts
But 1 H.P.(metric) = 735.5 watt
∴ H.P.(metric) developed by the armature =
The torque therefore, depends upon the product of flux and armature current and is
independent of speed i.e. , T
In the case of a shunt motor, both the armature and the field are connected in parallel across
constant voltage mains. The current taken by the field is, therefore, constant and hence the
flux will be maintained constant so long as the field current remains constant. Therefore the
torque in a shunt motor varies as the armature current. The torque –armature current curve is
a straight line passing through the origin. Full-load current will produce full-load torque and
twice the full-load current will produce twice the full-load torque.
In the case of D.C. series motors, the current in the series winding and the armature is same.
The flux is dependent directly on the value of the current the motor draws. Torque is,
therefore, proportional to the square of the armature current i.e.
.The torque-current
curve is ,therefore, a parabola.But the flux varies as the current only upto the limit of
saturation of the magnetic circuit and the torque current curve is parabolic in shape only up to
the limit of saturation.Beyond the saturation point since‖ ―does not vary appreciably the
torque current curve is almost a straight line. A d.c. series motor is,therefore suitable for
drives starting with heavy loads,Ex- electric train ,hoists and lifts etc.
Fig..1 Torque Current characteristics of DC motor
Three-Phase Induction motors
In a three-phase induction motor, if
= stator resistance per phase
= rotor resistance per phase referred to the stator
= stator reactance per phase
= rotor reactance per phase referred to the stator
s = slip
V = stator applied voltage per phase,
Then the torque, T, is given by
Stator current per phase is:
If k is made unity ,the torque is expressed in synchronous watts per phase.
At starting,
Therefore, starting Torque,
synchronous watts per phase
and starting current per phase
The starting torque is a maximum if the rotor resistance per is made equal to its
leakage reactance. It is, therefore, usual to start a slip ring induction motor with a variable
resistance in its rotor circuit to have a good starting torque and to cut the resistance in steps as
the motor speeds up. The resistance in the rotor circuit also serves the purpose of limiting the
starting current taken from the supply.
In the squirrel cage induction motor, it is not possible to insert a variable resistance
for starting in the rotor circuit on account of the cage construction. The motor is started by the
application of a reduced voltage for which purpose star-delta or auto-transformer starters may
be employed. The motor has a low starting torque
Induction motors are normally used where constant torque is required, ex- in paper
machinery, textile machinery, compressors, conveyors etc. Squirrel cage motors are more
reliable, cheaper and easier to use where as phase wound motors are expensive and
maintenance is complicated. The former are used for low and medium H.P. while the latter
are used for high H.P.
Motors with double cage have a high starting torque. The outer cage is made of highresistance metal bars and inner cage is made of copper bars. The inductance of the inner
winding is higher than that of the outer high resistance winding. At the instant of starting, the
motor induced currents are at the line frequency and the inner cage has a high reactance
(2 fL) with the result that the rotor currents remain confined to the outer cage despite its high
resistance. The starting torque is, therefore, high.During normal running, the reactance of the
inner cage decreases (2 fL), and the rotor currents are now confined to the inner cage which
is a low resistance winding. This gives a high efficiency of the motor.
Fig.2 Torque speed characteristics of Induction motor
The Figure above shows the speed-torque curves of a single cage and double cage motor.
An important relation existing for three-phase induction motor, i. e.
( )
Methods of starting 3-phase induction motors
It is desirable to start a.c. motors at full voltage to attain simplicity and economy in
the starting gear. Induction motors can be designed and built to enable them to be started on
full voltage. But in case of cage motors the starting current may be large enough to produce
considerable voltage drop in the distribution system which may adversely affect other
apparatus and also cause light flicker.
Induction Motors are therefore, started on reduced voltage .The various methods of
starting are discussed as follows:
1. Resistor starting method
A series resistor is used in each line and may be arranged in a manner that the resistance is
reduced to zero in steps so that the motor current may increase to the full value gradually and
transients are avoided.
The torque efficiency which is
A motor having a starting torque equal to twice the full-load torque and a starting current six
times the full load current ha s a torque efficiency = 2/6=0.33.
If the same motor is started at 60 percent voltage by using resistors, the line
current will be(0.6 x 6 x full-load current) and the starting torque will be [0.6 x 0.6 x 2 x fullload torque].The Torque efficiency will be (0.6 x 0.6 x2)/0.6 x 6 = 0.2 .
2. Reactor starting
It is not a frequently employed as resistors or auto transformer starting, though the
method is similar to resistor starting. The acceleration is very smooth in this case though the
acceleration time is comparatively longer.
3. Autotransformer starting
Taps are provided on the auto transformer so that the motor can be started at reduced
voltage. Taps are for 50, 65 and 80 percent of line voltage; the 50 percent tap being provided
only in the case of sizes above 50 H.P. In the second method of operation the large transient
current is reduced since the motor is always connected through the auto-transformer winding
to the line.
Fig. 3. Starting of SQIM by Autotransformer starter
We can determine the reduction in the starting current when using auto-transformer starter.
Consider an auto-transformer with a transformation ratio K =
. Consider also
that the motor has a starting torque equal to twice full-load torque and starting current equal
to six times the full load current. If the motor is started at full voltage, phase voltage
=E/√ and starting current = 6I.when the motor is started through an auto-transformer, the
phase voltage is
/k and the starting current = 6I/k.
Also we have
=No. of primary turns
=No. of secondary turns
= primary current
= secondary current
=6I/k =k
= (6/ ) I.
Fig..4 Autotransformer starting principle
Therefore, the line current is reduced inversely as the square of the ratio of
transformation. Since the torque is proportional to the square of the applied voltage, the
starting torque is proportional to
or (
) . If T is the full voltage starting torque,
starting torque at reduced voltage = T/
The torque efficiency = 2/(6/ ) =0.33
4. Star-delta starting
The stator of the cage motor is connected in star in the starting position and in delta in the
running position, so that
of the line voltage is impressed on each phase at the time of
starting.A star-delta starter is shown schematically in figure …, The starting line current of
the motor with star-delta starter is also reduced to
full voltage starting line current. The
starting torque, which is proportional to ( ) is reduced to one-third. (Where E is the line
Fig..5. Star delta starting
The torque efficiency in this method is
=0.576 for the motor considered under
resistor starting.
5. Starting by the use of slip-ring starter :
In this method reduced voltage is not applied to the motor. The full voltage is applied to
the stator but resistance is inserted in each phase of the wound rotor. Since the stator and
rotor can be regarded as the primary and secondary of a transformer, the resistors in the
secondary limit the currents in the rotor winding and since in a transformer
is also reduced.
,the stator
Fig.6. Rotor resistance starter
Limitation of size
From the foregoing examples it is seen that the starting torque in case of cage motor
varies with the type of starting method employed. In fact the starting difficulty of cage-type
motors has limited their application to loads requiring not more than about 40 or 50 hp with
not more than about 50 percent full-load torque. The slip-ring motor is used beyond this limit.
Next, discussion will made in brief about the starting of other type of motors.
1.4. Single-Phase Induction Motors
A single-phase induction motor does not have a rotating magnetic field. it has only a
pulsating field and therefore does not possess any starting torque. The following three
methods are employed to make the motor self-starting.
(a) Pole-shading: The motor is of squirrel-cage type and the stator pole is shaded by a
heavy copper wire or strip. The current induced in the shading coil causes the
magnetic field through the shaded portion of the pole face to lag behind the main flux
thereby producing a rotating Magnetic field. Such motors have a low starting torque
but are quite economical in small sizes.
(b) Phase-splitting: A two-phase supply is obtained from a single-phase line by using a
capacitor. The motor has a cage-rotor and a stator containing two separate windings
located in the same manner as for a two-phase stator. One of the windings is
connected directly to supply and the other through the capacitor. A rotating magnetic
field is obtained in the air-gap. There are two types of capacitor motors: the capacitor
start motor, in which case the capacitor is in circuit only during the starting period and
is disconnected at a predetermined speed by a centrifugal switch; the other type is the
capacitor start and run motor where the capacitor is connected permanently and
improves the power factor of the motor.
Fig..7 Shaded pole motor
(c) Repulsion motor starting: the rotor has a repulsion motor winding and therefore
starts as a repulsion motor giving high starting torque. As it runs to speed a centrifugal
device short-circuits the commutator bars and lifts the brushes, converting the motor
into a plane squirrel cage one.
Fig..8 Split phase starting
(d) Synchronous motors: There is no starting torque in a synchronous motor. It has to be
run up to synchronous speed by another motor and synchronized to the supply. To
make it self-starting a cage winding is provided on the poles. It starts as a plain
squirrel cage motor and when it has attained nearly synchronous speed at no-load, the
d.c excitation is switched on and the rotor pulls into synchronism. Starting torque
between 50 to 100 percent full load torque can be obtained with twice full load
current. The synchronous Induction motor has a cylindrical rotor with a slip-ring
induction motor winding. It starts as a slip-ring induction motor with good starting
torque and when it has almost reached the synchronous speed, d.c. is passed through
the rotor winding making rotor pull into synchronism.
A.C.Commutator Motors: These are started by the application of reduced voltage or by
shifting the brushes.
Running Characteristics
The running characteristics of a motor include the speed-torque or the speed-current
characteristics, losses, efficiency and power factor at various loads. Power factor
consideration crops up in the case of a.c. motors only.
D.C. Motor
In the case of DC shunt motors speed is fairly constant with load; there is only a slight fall in
speed as the load comes up. The speed torque characteristic is a slightly drooping straight
For the DC series motor the speed is normally high at low loads and decreases as the motor is
loaded .The speed –Torque characteristics is a supply drooping curve.
Fig..9 Torque speed relation of dc and ac motors
In the compound motor, the speed-torque characteristics may be made to lie anywhere
between the pure shunt and the pure series by suitably adjusting the series and the windings.
The Theree-phase Induction Motors
It possesses shunt characteristics. The power factor is very poor at low loads but improves as
the load increases. The power factor, however, always remains less than unity.
The Synchronous and synchronous-Induction motor
The synchronous motor is a constant speed motor: The speed is fixed by the frequency of the
supply. It is not, however, self starting. It is started by an auxiliary motor and synchronized to
the supply .This disadvantage is eliminated in a synchronous-Induction Motor where the
machine starts as plane Induction motor and when the speed is very near the synchronous
speed the DC excitation to the rotor is switched on and the motor pull into synchronism.
By varying the field excitation of these types of motors the power factor may be made unity
or even be made leading. An over-excited synchronous motor works as a leading power
factor while an under-excited motor works as lagging power factor. It is, therefore used in
improving the power factor in a system using many induction motors.
Single-phase series motor
It possesses the series characteristics. In large sizes it finds an exclusive application of
Traction work .In fractional horse power size it is used in domestic appliances like vacuum
cleaners and refrigerators etc.
Single-phase Induction motor
It has shunt characteristics. Since it has no starting torque, additional means have to be
provided to make it starting. Repulsion start and the capacitor start motor are the common
modifications of the single phase induction motor.
Repulsion motor
It has series characteri9stics and closely resembles the series motor in construction.The
armature is short circuited in itself.
Control of speed for an industrial drive depends upon the nature of work being carried out. A
certain operation may require a continuously varying speed; another one may only require
two fixed speeds.Some times creeping speed may be necessary to adjust the work.For most
industrial drives ,however,a control speed within 20 per cent may be suitable
Speed control of D.C. motors :
The speed of D.C. motors is given by the expression
Or, N
Where, N = speed in rpm
ϕ= flux/pole
V = supply voltage
R = resistance in the armature circuit
=current drawn by the motor armature
Two methods of speed variations are possible:
1. Flux variation or field control
2. By changing resistance in the armature circuit
Field control in shunt motors
The flux per pole is varied by inserting an extra resistance in the field circuit. Variation of the
flux per pole changes the speed of the motor.
Fig.10 Shunt Field Control
Some limitations of this method are discussed below:
With the regulating resistance in the field circuit zero, the flux per pole, is maximum
which gives the lowest speed of the motor. Motors are usually designed to work at a
speed slightly less than the rated speed when the regulating resistance is zero. It is
obvious that any lower speed than this cannot be achieved by this method.
The speed of the motor N is proportional to VI/ where as the full-load torque T is
proportional to TN or V
which is constant. Therefore, this method can be utilized
only where the horse power of the load remains constant.
There is a limit to which the field can be weakened to obtain high speed. At such a
speed the motor will tend to draw large current to develop the same torque. But this
will result in the main field ampere-turns becoming much smaller than the armature
mmf. The armature reaction will demagnetize and distort the main flux making the
operation of the motor unstable. In motors where a wide speed-range is required, this
difficulty is overcome by having a light series winding connected cumulatively to
provide stable operation.
Sped variation by this method is limited to a ratio of 5:1.
Field control in series motors
Three methods are used for changing the flux per pole in series motors
These are :
Diverter field control
Tapped field control
Series-parallel field control
Diverter Field control :
A shunt is employed in parallel with the series field to divert a part of the current in the
series field thus causing field weakening. Speeds higher than normal are attained when the
diverter is used.
Fig.11 Field diverter control
Tapped Field control:
Tapping are provided on the field winding and current may be passed through different
number of turns there by changing the field ampere-turns. This method is commonly used for
series motors used in traction work.
Series-Parallel Field control:
The field winding is designed in two sections which may either be connected in series or in
parallel .The field ampere-turns are reduced to half the value in parallel connection as
compared to those in series connection. The speed, therefore, becomes about twice the initial
value. Though the method is simple and inexpensive, only two speeds are possible.
Since N
, the speed of a D.C.motor can be changed by varying R, resistance
in the armature circuit. The torque of a motor is proportional to the product of the flux, and
the armature current .In the case of a shunt motor,since is constant,N will be proportional
to V.if constant torque is required should remain unchanged .But since speed is to be
varied R has to be varied.Increase of R(for constant torque and therefore constant armature
current)will give decreasing values of speed.The minimum value of R is
,the resistance of
the armature itself.The figure shows the armature speed torque characteristics.
Fig.12 Speed control of shunt motor taking series resistance in armature
For a theoretical value of R = 0, the horizontal straight line passing through 100%
speed ordinate is the limiting value. For any other values of R which may be R1 = r1+ Ra or R2
= r2 + Ra, R2 > R1 or R3 = r3 + Ra, R3 > R2 etc. the curves are as shown.
If this method is used for a load requiring constant torque at all speeds, the armature
current must remain constant and so the input to the motor (i.e., armature) is also constant.
But the output decreases with the decrease in speed and hence the efficiency of the motor is
poor at lower speeds. The power loss takes place in the controlling resistance r. In the case of
fans and centrifugal pumps where the load torque decreases at lower speeds, this method may
be quite convenient and economical for short periods. Creeping speeds may also be obtained
by this method.
In a series motor, an increase in the armature circuit resistance will decrease both
speed and torque. Since the flux is dependent on the armature current the torque is
proportional to I2. For a constant torque if different speeds are required, current (I) has to be
constant which will make constant. For reducing the speed resistance is to be increased.
Fig.13 Speed control of series motor with series resistance in armature
Control of Motor Speed by Shunting the Armature by a Resistance
The arrangement of varying the speed of a d.c. motor by changing the series
resistance in the armature circuit is at times not applicable as the speed of the motor rises if
the load is reduced. We can see from the equation N (V-IaR)/ that as Ia diminishes N
increases. To eliminate this drawback, the armature is shunted by a variable resistance. A
series resistance is also used as shown in fig. 1.14. By adjusting P and Q a number of speed
torque curves can he obtained.
If we apply Thevenin‘s Theorem to the circuit in fig. 1.14(a), we get P and Q in
parallel i.e., short circuit resistance Rsh by short-circuiting the source of supply and removing
the branch (i.e., armature) through which we wish to find the value of the current flowing.
Therefore the open circuit voltage across the armature is V oc= {P/ (P+Q)} V. Fig. 1.14(b)
shows the equivalent circuit based on The-venin‘s Theorem. The current is given by
I=Voc/ Ra+ Rsh Where Voc=P/ (P+Q) V and Rsh=PQ/P+Q = short circuit resistance.
The efficiency of this method is poor and heavy currents may be drawn from the supply at
certain speeds.
Fig. 14. Controlling resistance in parallel arrangement
Fig. 15 Speed Torque characteristics
Booster Control
In Figure, M1 is the main motor used for driving the load. It is excited from constant
d.c. supply. B is the separately excited booster whose voltage and polarity can be controlled
by the booster field BF. With the arrangement of tapping the voltage from the parallel
resistances the current through the booster field can be reversed which reverses the polarity of
the booster armature voltage. Thus, necessary boost or buck can be provided to M1.M2 is the
shunt motor which drives the booster armature. The speed can be varied over a wide range
depending on the size of the booster. This method is, however, suitable for small motors;
otherwise the size of the booster becomes uneconomical.
Fig.16 Booster control
Ward-Leonard System of Speed Control
In this method, the current in the motor armature is supplied from a variable voltage
source, say a special motor generator set and the field is given a constant excitation so that in
the expression
N=K V-IaR/
Where V is variable and is constant.
This system is used where a very fine speed control is needed as in the case of colliery
winders. Fig. 17 shows the application of this method.
There is a motor generator set whose motor M is a 3 phase slip ring induction
machine coupled to the d.c. generator G. A flywheel is mounted on the motor generator shaft
to equalize the fluctuations in the load. A d.c. exciter is also coupled to the M.G. set. This
exciter supplies the excitations to the generator G and the load motor. In order to equalize the
fluctuations in the load the flywheel must decelerate during the lean load period. This is
achieved with the help of the torque motor which puts extra resistance in the slip-ring rotor
by operating the liquid rheostat when peak load comes on. The torque-motor is supplied
through the CTS as shown and is actuated by current proportional to that drawn by the motor
of the M.G. set. When slip-ring motor tends to draw heavier current, the torque-motor is
actuated through the CTS increasing the resistance of the liquid rheostat which decreases the
speed of the M.G. set and allows the flywheel to give up a part of its stored energy. The
whole process is reversed when the load decreases. The direction of the load motor can be
reversed by reversing the polarity of the voltage supplied to it by the generator G. The
polarity of generator voltage can be changed through the reversing switch which reverses the
excitation of the generator. The Ward Leonard Control with a flywheel is known as WardLeonard-IIgner Control.
Fig. 17 Ward Leonard Ilgner control
Speed control of Induction motor is given by the following equation:
(1-s) =
[ =synchronous speed = 120f/P]
Thus, the speed of an induction motor, broadly speaking, can be regulated by three
methods i.e. by varying any of the above quantities Viz. frequency, number of poles, slip.
Thus speed change can be achieved by varying the frequency. Induction motor has
drawbacks of developing low starting torque, drawing heavy starting current and having no
easy means of continuous easy speed control. On the other hand, assets of induction motor
are: trouble free operation, less maintenance, high voltage operation consequently needing
reduced amount of current and automatic regeneration. In addition to these, because of
extreme mechanical simplicity in the construction, the rotor can resist centrifugal forces
better than D.C. armature and therefore, for a given amount of iron and copper, more power
can be produced.
The above equation suggests that the speed of a induction motor is directly proportional to
the frequency of supply voltage.
Control from variable frequency supply
Induction motor operates at a high efficiency and power factor at speeds near to its
synchronous speed. The difference between actual speed and synchronous speed, which is
called slip, represents losses in the rotor. Thus in induction motor, operating from constant
frequency supply, slip has to be small if efficiency is to be high. In other words, motor should
operate at high speed (near synchronous speed).If however, synchronous speed itself is
brought down near to actual slow operating speed, motor will still be working at high
efficiency. This is achieved in variable frequency supply. Another advantage of feeding low
frequency supply to induction motor at starting is that it does not take heavy starting current.
This is proved as follows:
If suitable variable frequency supply is made available, induction motor can develop high
starting torque without excessive rotor currents when it is supplied with low frequency
voltage supply say ½ to 9 cycles. Intersection of the stable region of torque speed curve with
the load torque curve gives the operating speed. As the frequency of supply is reduced, torque
curve shown dotted will move more towards left. This increases the starting torque(
).Another advantage of variable frequency supply is that as the motor speed falls ,the
frequency of supply is reduced.
Fig.18 Electromagnetic torque and load torque profile
This avoids the operation of motor on unstable portion of the speed torque curve. Induction
motors apart from the advantage of avoiding commutator maintenance, can be of smaller size
as they can be robust higher speeds and higher temperatures than D.C. motors and in addition
they are more efficient. Induction motor is excellent for the industrial purpose as it has
excellent power weight ratio, great mechanical strength, suitability for higher speeds, no
sliding contacts and high starting torque without overload. But all these advantages are
available only through close control of flux and frequency.
Control by Variable Frequency inverter Employing Thyristor.
With a conventional rotary converter, it was not possible to obtain low frequencies
say ½ to 9 cycles, so that attempt for developing high starting torque always resulted in heavy
rotor currents. However with the development of silicon controlled rectifier (SCR), used as
inverter, the frequency of three phase supply can be adjusted from 0 – 150 cycles.
Fig. 19 Schematic of variable frequency inverter
Fig. 19 shows a single phase parallel inverter circuit using two SCRS. to start with, assume
SCR1 as conducting and SCR2 as off. Left plate of condenser C will be at negative potential
and right plate will be at positive potential at double the voltage of d.c. source due to auto
transformer action. A trigger from the pulse generator to SCR2 will switch it on. Now
condenser C will send current through SCR2 and block SCR1. D.C. source will send current
through inductance L, transformer T and SCR2. Current pulse flowing through transformer
will produce polarity in the secondary of transformer of opposite sign to that produced
previously when SCR1 was conducting. Condenser C will now be charged with right band
plate negative and left hand plate positive to double the d.c. source voltage. Now when SCR1
is triggered, condenser C will again discharge but this time through SCR 1 to block SCR2. In
this way cycle repeats. For 1:1 turn ratio of transformer, the peak value of a.c. square wave is
half the voltage of d.c. source and frequency of a.c. supply depends upon the frequency of the
firing of SCRS.
Pole Changing Method of Speed Control
This method is applicable to squirrel cage motors only, as their rotors can adjust
themselves to any number of poles. This method of speed control is used for driving drilling
machines which require different speeds for drilling into different metals. This is also used
for lifts where regenerative braking can be applied by pole changing. On increasing the
number of poles synchronous speed becomes less than the actual running speed and motor
now works as an induction generator. Some motors have two stator windings, wound for
different poles.
By Applying Variable Voltage to Stator
In Fig. 20, two speed-torque curves of a motor with different applied voltages are
shown. Torque developed is proportional to square of applied voltage. Hence speed-torque
curve ‗A‘ will be for higher voltage and ‗B‘ for lower voltage. Intersection of load torque line
with the torque developed, gives us speed (N1) with higher voltage applied and N2 speed with
lower voltage applied. With constant torque loads, speed control by this method gives limited
variation of speed. However for loads whose torque varies as the square of speed, this method
gives wide range of speed.
Fig.20 Torque speed characteristics with voltage
By Varying the Rotor Copper Losses
For constant load torque applications, slip is directly proportional to the rotor copper losses in
induction motor. By increasing the rotor copper losses, slip will be increased and hence speed
can be decreased. Rotor losses can be regulated by following methods.
1. By Inserting External Resistance in the Rotor Circuit.
In induction motor, for a given torque to be developed, rotor current remains constant.
Therefore, if resistance is inserted in the rotor circuit, it will increase the rotor copper
losses and, therefore, slip. This method, besides being wasteful for low speeds,
requires heavy three phase controller to dissipate the losses.
2. By Cascade Control. Instead of wasting the energy in rotor resistance and creating a
problem of disposal of heat, it can be taken out of the rotor and fed to another motor
which is capable of taking power at low frequency. This motor is usually
mechanically coupled to the main motor. Thus power taken from the rotor is
converted to mechanical energy. This arrangement would give increased torque
output at reduced speed. This rotor power at low frequency can also be converted to
power at supply frequency by means of frequency converter and fed back to line.
Arrangement of connecting auxiliary machine to the rotor of main motor to perform
any of the above functions is called cascading.
Speed Control by Slip Coupling
This method allows driver shaft to run faster than the driven shaft by an amount which
can be controlled. There will be some power loss in the coupling itself. One form of slip
coupling consists of stator and rotor. Rotor is squirrel cage type and is keyed to the driven.
Around the rotor is stator containing d.c. excited salient poles. Stator is keyed to the driver.
In ordinary induction motor rotating magnetic field is produced electrically by the three
phase currents. As against this, in slip coupling, magnetic field is mechanically driven by the
driver. This will exert torque on the rotor which will be transmitted to the driven. In
induction motor the magnitude of the torque is dependent upon the magnitude of the rotating
field or applied voltage. In slip coupling, also the magnitude of the torque at which slip
occurs can be varied by the excitation of the slip coupling which is conveyed to it through
two slip rings. Torque slip characteristic of slip coupling is essentially same as that of
induction motor. Slip coupling can, therefore, make it possible to have variable speed drive
from constant speed driver.
In many industrial drives, it becomes important to stop motor and its work in a reasonably
short time, as in the case of planer where the tool must be stopped quickly at the end of its
stroke. To achieve this breaking system has to be used.
Two types of breaking systems are possible:
1. Mechanical or friction braking where the motor is stopped by using a brake shoe or
band on brake drum.
2. Electrical braking where the kinetic energy of the motor and tool is converted to
electrical energy and is dispatching a heat in a resistance or returned to the supply
Electric braking is superior to mechanical braking since it is much quicker and eliminates
the cost of maintenance of mechanical brakes. However, in order to finally bring the
motor so a standstill and hold it there, friction brakes are essential.
The following types of electric braking are employed:
1. Plugging
2. Rheostatic or dynamic braking
3. Regenerative braking
The connections of the armature are reversed so that the motor tends to rotate in the reverse
direction thus providing the necessary braking effect. However, the supply must be cut off
when the motor comes to rest otherwise it will start rotating in the reverse direction. Plugging
may be employed with D.C. motor or induction motor and synchronous machines.
Fig.21 Plugging in DC motors
Plugging with D.C. motors
(a) The armature connections are reversed with respect to the field so that the current in
the armature reverse .During normal running the back emf E is opposite to the direction of
the armature current but during braking the back emf E and the armature current are in the
same direction. At the instant of reversal of armature connections a voltage equal to V+E is
impressed across the armature circuit, V being the supply voltage. Since E is very nearly
equal to the V, the impressed voltage is approximately 2V.This will cause a great rush of
current in the armature circuit. To prevent this, the starting resistance is reinserted in the
armature circuit as shown below.
It should, however ,be noted that during braking, in addition to the kinetic energy of the
motor being dissipated in the resistance, some energy is being drawn from the supply. There
is, therefore, a waste of energy.
(b) If any two supply phases are interchanged with each other the direction of rotation of
the magnetic field reverses and, therefore, the torque on the rotor also reverses providing a
braking action. Supply, however, has to be cut off when the motor comes to rest, otherwise
the rotor would start building up motion in reverse direction. The rotor and stator currents
tend to be abnormally high and a resistance may have to be inserted in the rotor or stator
circuit for the purpose of protection.
If the D.C. excitation of the synchronous motor is reversed, the D.C. and A.C. fields will
rotate in opposite direction and there can be no braking effect. But in case of motors fitted
within damper windings the eddy currents induced in them provide braking.
Rheostatic or Dynamic Braking
The motor is disconnected from the supply and worked as a generator driven by the kinetic
energy of the rotor and the load. A resistance is connected across the motor terminals; the
kinetic energy of rotation is converted into electrical energy and is dissipated in the
(a) D.C. Motors-shunt
The armature is disconnected from the supply and connected across a resistance. The
motor now works as a separately excited generator and a braking torque is applied by the
current delivered to the resistance. If, however, the supply fails, the braking action vanishes
as the excitation disappears. This drawback is sometimes removed by fitting a series winding
in the armature circuit which is connected during the braking period only. Due to the action
of this winding, the motor self excites a series generator and the current delivered by the
armature provides braking action.
Fig..22 Rheostatic braking of shunt motor
Series D.C. Motor- The motor after being disconnected from the supply is
made to excite as a series generator. For this it is necessary that the total resistance in the
motor circuit should be less than the critical resistance, so that the generator may self excite.
Also in order that the flux may build up, the connections of the armature with respect to the
field have to be reversed.
Synchronous Motors
The field excitation is maintained and the motor after being disconnected from the
supply is connected to resistances in star or delta. It now works as an alternator and the
kinetic energy is dissipated in the form of losses in the resistances.
Induction Motors
The stator is disconnected from the supply and direct steady current is passed through
its windings .A flux is produced. When the short-circuited rotor conductors cut this steady
flux emf is induced in them which provide the necessary braking effect. If the rotor is
wound, the braking torque can be controlled by the insertion of suitable resistances in the
rotor circuit.
Regenerative Braking
In regenerative breaking the motor is run as generator by the kinetic energy of the load
which is returned to the mains as electrical energy. There is, therefore, an overall saving in
D.C.Motors-shunt: If the emf generated by the motor is greater than the supply
voltage, power will be fed back into the supply. The emf in a shunt motor depends upon its
excitation and speed. If the field is disconnected from the supply and the field current is
increased by exciting it from another source, the induced emf will exceed the supply voltage
and the motor will feed energy into the supply. The speed of the motor, however, falls to
value corresponding to the field current at any instant. The condition is shown in Figure.
Fig.23. Regenerative Braking with d.c. shunt motor
There is another way in which regeneration takes place resulting in braking effect. If
the field excitation does not change but the load causes the speed to increase, the induced emf
may become greater than the supply voltage and power will be fed back in to the supply. The
regenerative effect, however, will prevent any tendency of speed to increase further. This
itself constitutes a form of braking effect since in the absence of regeneration, the speed
would increase continuously.
D.C. Motor-Series
Regenerative braking with series motors is employed mainly in traction work.
Induction Motors
When an induction motor runs at a speed above the synchronous, it works as an
induction generator feeding power back in to the supply. No extra devices need be employed
.It may be noted that regenerative braking of induction motors is hardly useful for stopping
the motor but it helps in keeping the load at a speed slightly above the synchronous and
returns valuable power to the supply.
The electric motor in this section is being discussed with reference to the following:
Type of Enclosure
Transmission of drive
This is mainly determined from a consideration of the type of work the motor has to do
and the place where it is to be installed.
I. Open Type: The machine is open from both ends, the bearings being placed on
pedestals or brackets. There is free ventilation. Such a type of machine can be used in
a separate room.
II. Protected Type: Large operations are available for ventilation though some protection
is provided. Mostly motors are of this type. If the openings are covered with a wire
mesh or screen the motor becomes vermin proof and better protection is afforded
without in any serious manner decreasing the ventilation.
III. Drip proof Type: Such motors are used where the atmosphere is very damp.
IV. Totally enclosed Type: Such type of motors is used where the atmosphere is dusty i.e.
saw mills, coal-handling plants and stone crushing quarries. No foreign particle
should enter the motor and block passage of ventilation. The ventilation facilities are
very poor in view of closed construction. To improve this, the outer surface is finned
to increase the cooking area. A totally enclosed motor fitted with an outer casing built
round the motor proper through which clean air is circulated with a fan is common
these days.
V. Pipe ventilated type: The large sizes of the totally-enclosed motor employ pipe
ventilation. Clean air forced through the piping to cool the motor. The extra cost of
piping is offset by the smaller size of motor that can be employed on account of better
VI. Flame-Proof Type: Necessary for explosive atmosphere met with in coal mines,
chemical plants etc.
The modern tendency is to use ball or roller bearings up to about 100 hp size as they
have longer life and maintenance cost are low. These type of bearings are replacing old
journal type bearings. They have enabled induction motors to be built with a very small airgap. For large size motors and for reduction in the noise level, the journal type bearing is
The transmission of power from the driving machine may be arranged in various ways
listed below. The choice of the motor speed is an important consideration. The cost per HP
decreases with an increase in speed while the efficiency and power factor improve with
speed. Therefore, a high speed motor is preferable to a low-speed one and if the speed of the
work is to be low it can be achieved by reduction gears or other suitable means. Motors for
low-speed drivers are manufactured now with the reduction gear incorporated in the unit
itself so that the high speed motor gives a high efficiency and is less expensive.
Belt Drive: Maximum power of about 300hp can be transmitted. Slip is about 3 to 4
Rope Drive: A number of ropes are run in v-grooves over pulleys. It is used where the
power is beyond the scope of belt drive. Slip is negligible.
Chain Drive: More expensive than the above two forms but more efficient and there is
no slip. It can be used for greater speed ratio; the limit is 6:1.
Direct Drive: The motor is in the line with the driven machine. To protect the motor
from sudden jerks, flexible couplings are used.
Vertical Drive: The motor shaft is vertical. The arrangement is sometimes convenient.
In any industrial establishment, it is important to keep the noise level to as a low as
value as possible so that fatigue to workers may be avoided. For domestic appliances, the
motors used must be almost noise less and the same applies to appliances used in hospitals,
\theatres, etc. The noise produced depends upon the loudness and shrillness of the note
emitted. The level of sound is measured in decibels.
In motors noise may be produced due ti mechanical features like bearings,
vibration and bad foundation. It is for the manufacturer to improve these. But the
transmission of noise to other parts of a building cab is eliminated by foundations.
The size and rating of a motor for a given service dependent upon its temperature rise.
The maximum temperature rise is limited by the type of insulation used. For class A
Insulation a maximum temperature rise of
C is permissible.For class B insulation value is
Standard Ratings for Motors: The I.S. specifications classify the motors for service as
Continuous Rating: A motor capable of giving the output continuously without
exceeding the rated temperature rise. It can also give 2.5% overload for 2 hours.
Continuous maximum Rating: Similar to the above without allowing any overload. It is
used for motors of size larger than 2.5hp per rpm.
Short-time Rating: It is output that a motor can give for a specified short-time, say ½
hr. or ¼ hr. without exceeding the specified temperature rise.
In the previous sections discussions were made regarding various aspects of
performance of electric motors. The basic problem of choosing the proper motor is in
matching the motor characteristics to the load requirements, i.e. load mechanics must be
clearly known. On this depend the selection of the type of motor. After this comes the ability
of the motor to carry the loads, this ability is limited by two factors; thermal and mechanical.
Thermal consideration is with regard to the temperature rise under a given duty and
mechanical is for ensuring that the peak load is carried by the motor safety.
let us consider one or two examples for choosing a motor. Suppose we want a motor for
driving a fan. The load torque varies as the square of the speed. From among A.C. motors,
induction motor is suitable. The stable point of operation is shown as S on the torque-speed
characteristics in Figure.
Fig.24 Fan load and induction motor torque speed curves
From D.C. motors shunt motor will be suitable .The point of stable operation is the
point where the motor torque and the fan torque curves intersect each other as shown in
Fig.25. Fan load and shunt motor speed torque curves
Next let us consider a punching machine or shearing machine. The load is fluctuating in
nature and therefore a flywheel will have to be used in order that the load demand as
reflected on the supply may be smooth. A flywheel can only be used with a motor whose
speed can decrease as the load comes. A D.C. shunt or compound or a 3-phase induction
motor will be suitable.
Some of the motors commonly used for particular services are given below:
Domestic uses: Small universal motors of the series type are used in domestic
appliances like vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, washing machine, fans etc.
Grinding and milling machine: Upto 50 h.p. the motors may be D.C. shunt or
induction with slip-rings and arrangement for pole-changing with cage rotors.
Planners: There is cutting stroke and a quick return stroke. Arrangements for
reversing the speed have to be incorporated. A D.C. compound motor may be
Punching and shears: On account of heavy fluctuations of load, a flywheel is
provided. The motor may be D.C. shunt or compound or slip-ring induction
Cranes and Hoist Work: For cranes D.C. motors of series or compound type
are preferred as they have a high starting torque and the speed control is
smooth. Induction motors are also used for hoisting.
Lifts: duty involves high acceleration and high retardation. The motor
armature must therefore be light and it should run at moderate speeds .D.C.
compound, slip-ring induction, induction-repulsion motors are used.
Textile Industry: Motors must be of totally enclosed type to prevent particles
of the material being manufactured from getting into them. They should also
be moisture proof on account of damp atmosphere inside a textile plant.
Three-phase motors are used since their speed is fixed by the supply frequency
.D.C. motors cannot be used as their speed varies with voltage.
Printing machinery: As it requires a variable speed Induction motors using
rotor resistance may be used. Where large speed variations are required D.C.
compound or A.C. commutator motors may be used.
Paper Industry: Synchronous motor is used as in this a constant speed of
operation is required for giving a uniform thickness of the paper. Where speed
is not required to be constant, squirrel cage induction motors or D.C. motors
may be used.
Iron and steel Industry: D.C. shunt motors with flywheel arrangement or
induction motors with speed control are used in such Industry.
Mining work: Flame proof motors are required for safet6y considerations in a
mines for which cage motors are used up to 10 hp and for large output slipring or D.C. motors are used.
The system of traction involving the use of electricity is known as the electric traction .
In the earlier stages of the development of Electric traction two systems have been in
use –D.C. at 1500 volts or 3000 volts and single-phase a.c. at 11 to 16kV using low
frequency. The reasons for the adoption of low frequency rather than the standard 50-cycle
frequency was that the series wound commutator was developed for satisfactory operation
only up to about 25 cycles and the low frequency was suitable for the hydro-generators of the
railways which had to generate their own power in the absence of any national grids that exist
today. The d.c series motor has ideal characteristics for traction purpose. D.C. was already in
use for tramways and in about 1905, on account of the better performance of d.c. series motor
due to the introduction of the inter-poles and adoption of higher voltage with increased
spacing of the substations the traction became economical. The two systems i.e. D.C. and
A.C. developed and grew side by side.
In India we have the single-phase A.C. at 25kV,50 cycles is supplied to the
locomotives which carries transformers and rectifiers. A.C. is converted into D.C. in the
locomotive and traction motors are D.C. motors. However, recently A.C. traction motors are
being attempted.
There are various systems of traction are commonly used such as
1. Direct steam engine drive
2. Direct internal combustion engine drive
3. Steam electric drive
4. Petrol electric traction
5. Battery electric drive
6. Electric Drive
7. Internal combustion engine electric drive
Direct Steam Engine Drive :
The steam engine drive used to be widely employed for railway work. In this drive the
reciprocating steam engine is invariably used for getting the necessary motive power because
of its inherent simplicity, operational dependability, and simplified maintenance, the
simplicity of connections between the cylinders and driving wheels and easy speed control. It
causes no interference to the communication lines running along the track. It is cheap for low
density traffic areas and initial stages of communication by rail.
Direct Internal Combustion Engine Drive:
Direct internal combustion engine drive is widely employed for road transport.
The efficiency of internal combustion engine at its normal speed is about 25 percent. It is self
contained unit and it is not tied to any route. Initially the cost of vehicle and garage is very
low. Speed control and braking system employed is very simple. It is cheap drive for the
outer suburbs and country districts.
Steam Electric Drive:
A few locomotives employing steam turbine for driving a generator used for
supplying current to electric motors have been built for experimental purposes.
Internal Combustion Engine Electric Drive :
In this drive the reduction gear and gear box are eliminated as the diesel engine is to
drive the dc generator coupled to it at a constant speed. This type of drive has found
considerable favour for railway work and locomotives of this type are becoming widely used.
Petrol Electric Traction:
This system has been used in heavy lorries and buses. Due to electric conversion it
provides a very fine and continuous control which makes the vehicle capable of moving
slowly at an imperceptible speed and creeping up the steepest slope without throttling the
Battery Electric Drive:
In this drive the locomotive carries the secondary batteries which supply power to
dc motor employed for driving the vehicle .Such a drive well suited for frequently operated
service such as local delivery of goods in large towns with maximum daily run of 50 to 60
km, shunting and traction in industrial works and mines. The major limitation of this type of
drive is the small capacity of the batteries and the necessity for frequent charging, speed
range is also limited.
Electric Drive:
The drive of this type is mostly widely used. In this system of traction the vehicle
draws electrical energy from the distribution system fed at suitable points from either a
central power station or substations.
System of Electric Traction
Two types of vehicles are in use for electric traction. In one type they receive power
from a distribution network while in the other type they generate their own power. The
former type vehicles may use both a.c. or d.c. ; the latter type will be the diesel-electric car or
train, petrol-electric truck, lorry and battery driven vehicles.
Most suitable motors for dc system are the series and compound motors.
DC Series Motor:
The series motor used for traction purposes have following requirements
1. The dc series motor develops high torque at start which is essential for traction
2. The series motor is simple speed control method.
3. Power drawn from supply mains varies as the square root of the load torque.
4. Series motor is not suitable for regenerative braking as these are not electrically
5. In case of dc series motor commutation is excellent up to twice full load so
replacement of brushes in not required frequently.
6 In cases of dc series motors the flux varies as the armature current, torque
corresponding to a given armature current, therefore is independent of line voltage.
7 In case of dc series motor up to magnetic saturation, torque developed is
proportional to the square of the armature current. Thus dc series motor requires
comparatively less increased power input with the increase in load torque.
8. The series motor when operated in parallel to drive a vehicle by means of different
axles, share load almost equally even there is unequal wear of different driving wheels.
9. The dc series motor is simple and robust in construction.
AC Series Motor: Many single phase ac motors have been developed for traction
purposes but only compensated series type commutator motor is best for traction. The
construction of an ac series motor is similar to a dc series motor except that some
modification such as whole magnetic circuit laminated, series field with as few turns as
possible, large no of armature conductors, use of carbon brushes, numerous poles with lesser
flux per pole. Compensating windings are provided to neutralize armature reaction and
commutating or interpoles are provided for better performance in terms of higher efficiency
and a greater output from a given size of armature core. The speed –Torque characteristics
and the speed-current characteristics of compensated series type commutator motors are
similar to those of D.C. series motor.Thea.c. Series motor is not suitable to suburban services
where stops are frequent. It is being extensively employed on main line work on the continent
and in America and provides good service.
If a d.c. series motor is worked on a.c. it would not operate in a satisfactory
manner. Though the torque on the armature would be unidirectional, it would be at double the
frequency since both the field current and the armature current reverse every half cycle.The
alternating flux would cause heavy iron losses in the field and yoke.Heavy sparking would
also take place at the brushes since the induced voltage and currents in the armature would be
short-circuited at the time of commutation. The overall performance of the motor would be
The difference between d.c. and a.c. operation can be understood by a
reference to figure shown below.
Fig. 1 Operation of series wound motor on dc and ac
Operation on d.c. is simple enough. I is the current drawn by the motor, I and
I are the drops in the series field and the armature respectively.
is the back emf
developed and equals k N.
Mathematically, we have
Since I(
equal to V.
) drop is about 10 percent of the applied voltage ,
is practically
On the a.c. the magnetizing component of the current and the flux are in time phase
and the back emf which is due to rotation of the armature is also in phase with the flux. If
we neglect the loss component of the current we can assume the whole current to be in phase
with the flux. The drops I
and I are in phase with the current while the drops due to
reactance, i.e. I
and I are leading the current by
. The a.c. operation is shown by the
phasor diagram below. In this case
will be much less as compared to the d.c. operation. N
is proportional to
and torque depends upon the product of
and I. Since,
in d.c. is
larger than in a.c., for the same torque the speed for d.c. operation is higher than for a.c.
operation as shown below.
Fig.2 Speed – torque curves for d.c. and a.c. operation
In order to improve the performance of the motor on a.c., a compensating winding
either in series with the armature or short-circuited in it be provided. The effect of the
compensating winding is to reduce the armature reactance of the motor which increases the
value of
and provides better speed regulation. The armature and field mmfs are at right
angles to each other. The compensating winding provides an mmf opposite to the armature
mmf and therefore considerably reduces the armature reactance drop. This is shown below
Fig. 3 Circuit diagram & phasor diagram of the series motor with compensating
represent the resistances of the armature and compensating winding.
represent the reactances of the armature and compensating winding.
Fig. below shows the case where the compensating winding is short-circuited on
itself. It acts like the short-circuited secondary of a transformer and greatly reduces the effect
of the armature reactance.In the phasor diagram
are the equivalent resistance and
reactance of the armature and compensating winding referred to the armature circuit. It is also
seen that by using the compensating winding ,the power factor of the motor improves as
shown in the figure below.
Fig.4. Circuit and phasor diagram for an inductively compensating series motor
Although it is robust and the simplest in construction, the difficulties in starting and
speed control do not make it suitable for traction work. The speed torque curve is flat. It has
been used in the Kando system in Hungary and some sections of Italian State Railways. It
was not likely to find further application elsewhere though in recent years, with power
electronic method of speed control, research is being undertaken to apply this drive in
The starting current taken by a D.C. motor during its starting period is limited to a
value approximately equal to the normal rated current by the resistance of the starter. There is
a considerable loss of energy at the starting resistance. Consider the use of a single motor
started by a resistance starter, the average value of the current during the starting period being
limited to I, the normal full-load current.
Fig.5. Voltage during the starting of a d.c. motor
The back emf of the motor starts to build up from zero magnitude. At the instant of
switching on the supply, =0, a current of I amperes is drawn from the supply and the supply
voltage is the sum of the IR drop in the motor armature and the voltage drop across the
starting resistance. At any other instant during starting, the supply voltage = (motor back
emf)+(IR drop in the motor armature)+(voltage drop across starting resistance).
At the end of the accelerating period, the back emf has developed to a full value and
the supply voltage =(back emf)+(IR drop).
Fig.6. Starting of a dc motor by using a resistor in the armature
If T is the time in seconds for starting and further if we ignore the voltage drop due to
the resistance of the motor armature circuit we have total energy supplied =VIT watt-sec. in
fig. shown the back emf and
is the voltage drop across the starting resistance st any
In traction work, usually two or more similar motors are employed. Considerable
saving energy can be affected by employing series-parallel starting. Consider the use of two
series motors. They are started in series with the help of a starting resistance till each of them
develops a back emf equal to half the supply voltage minus the IR drop. The motors give
one running speed when they are in the full series position. The starting resistance is again reinserted in the circuit and the motors are switched in parallel. The starting resistance is cut
out in steps and the back emf of each motor develops from about half the value to the normal
value. In the full parallel position the motors give another running speed which is obviously
higher than that when the motors are in full series.
Let us consider the case of two similar motors started by the series parallel method as
shown below.
Fig.7. Series Parallel starting
Let the current during the starting interval be limited to the normal rated current I per
motor. During the series period a current of I amperes is frawn from the supply while during
the parallel period a current of 2I is drawn.
As shown in figure below, at the instant of starting OA =OB = IR drop in each
motor,OK= supply voltage V. The back emf of the two motors jointly develops along the line
OM .The back emf of two motors at the point E plus IR drops equal to V. Any point on the
line BC at any instant represents the sum of back emfs of two motors and the IR drops.OE is
the time taken for the series running.Now the motors are switched on in parallel, at instant E
with the starting resistance reinserted.
Fig.8 Voltage build-up in series-parallel starting
At the end of the series period each motor has developed a
Back-emf equal to (V- 2 IR)/2 = (V/2)-IR
Fig.9 Variation of current in series –parallel
The back emf of each motor is represented by the ordinate EL = ED – LD =(((v/2)IR)
The back emf of each motor is represented by the ordinate EL = ED-LD= ( -IR)
The back emf of the combination now develops along LG and at H when the motors
are in full parallel we have HF =supply voltage V,HG =normal back emf of each motor and
GF =IR drop in each motor.
Figure below shows the current during the series and parallel starting periods.During
the series period OE, the current is I while during the parallel period EH is 2I.
The value of the time
during which the motors remain in series and , during
which there are in parallel can be determined from figure shown below.Triangles OLE and
OGH are similar.
= (
= T-
= [1- (
Fig.10 Efficiency of starting by series parallel method
Let us now calculate the efficiency of this method. For this purpose neglect the IR
drop in the armature circuit as back emf developed practically equals the voltage impressed
across the motor. This modifies the figure to as shown.
Since, D is the mid-point of CE and the back emf of the motor develops along DF in
the parallel combination, KC = CF, i.e., time for series combination = the time for the parallel
=t and the average starting current be I per motor,
The energy lost in starting resistance is proportional to the shading area. i.e.
= I( Vt) +(
t) 2I =IVt
Total energy supplied =IVt + 2IVt =3IVt
Efficiency of starting =
=2/3 or 66%
Thus the efficiency is increased by about 17 % .The series-parallel method enables a
saving of about 15 to 20 % in the energy.
The Series-Parallel Control
The series-parallel control is carried out as follows:
Shunt Transition: The various stages involved in this method of seriesparallel
Fig..11 Series position
In steps 1,2,3,4 the motors are in series and are accelerated by cutting out the
starting resistance in steps. In step 4 , the motors are in full series. During transition from
series to parallel, the resistance is re-inserted in the motor circuit (step-5).One of the
motors is by-passed (step-6) and disconnected from the main circuit (step-7).
It is then connected in parallel with the other motor (step-8) giving the first
parallel position. The resistance is then cut out in steps completely and the motors are
placed in parallel.
This method is known as the shunt-transition method.
Bridge Transition: the motor and the starting rheostats are connected
in the form of a Wheatstone bridge as shown below.
Fig.9. Series position.
(a) At starting, motors are in series with link P in position AA‘
(b) Motors in full series with link P in position BB‘
In the first starting position the motors are in series and the rheostats are completely
Circuit as indicated by the rheostats arm P at A . A and
the arrowheads and in position B the motors are in full series.
are moved in the direction of
In the transition step, the rheostats are reinserted by connecting to positive and
negative of the supply as shown below.
Transition step
In the first parallel step, the link P is removed and the motors are connected in parallel
with the starting resistances in their circuit.
First Parallel position
The advantage of the bridge transition method over the shunt transition methid is
that the normal accelerating torque is available from both the motors throughout the
starting period and thus the acceleration is smoother.
For the purpose of shunt and bridge transition method, series parallel drum
type controllers are used. The controllers incorporate arrangements, besides starting,
for reversing, and braking of the motors also.
Tapped Field Control :As the speed of the motor is inversely proportional to the flux
(assuming line voltage constant), therefore, the speed can be varied by varying the flux. In
case of series motors the flux can be varied either (i) by connecting a variable resistance
known as diverter in parallel with the series field winding or (ii) by cutting out some of the
series field turns. Since in both the cases the flux can be only reduced, therefore, this method
is known as field weakening method and speeds above normal can be obtained. By this
method speed can be raised to the extent of 15 to 30 percent of normal speed owing to design
difficulties arising with traction motors.
The field weakening method is of no use for starting purpose. This method is used for
increasing the speed of traction motors upto the extent of 10 to 15 percent when they have
attained maximum possible sped by series-parallel control system. The advantage of this
system is that it increases the flexibility of the train utility.
In the series-parallel control of D.C. traction motors,there is considerable loss of
energy in the starting resistances. The metadyne system of control estimates the energy loss
and achieves a very smooth control during the acceleration period.
Fig.12 Illustrating Metadyne
Consider a D.C. armature with two brushes and two poles. If current is supplied to
the two brushes
the armature cross-flux will be as shown anmd mainly confined to the
poles as shown in Figure. If there are four brushes, current is supplied to brushes
the armature cross-flux will take up the path as shown below.If now the current is supplied to
as shown the armature cross-flux takes up path as indicated.If the armature is
rotated at a constant speed and a current I is fed into the bushes
, an emf is induced in
the winding between
due to the flux produced by I.No emf is induced between
the voltage between
is on account of the voltage drop due to .
Since an emf is induced across
, a current
between them. The resultant flux distribution on account of
will flow in a load connected
is as shown below.
The total flux may be assumed to be made up of two components
angles and directed along
.The rotation of the armature in
which opposes the supply voltage.Since the current is
original value of ,the supply voltage must be induced to overcome
at right
induces an emf
to be kept at its
. Under steady
This shows that the machine behaves like a D.C. transformer. Only the rotational
losses of the machine need be supplied by the driving motor.
If the supply voltage
remains constant ,
arrangement therefore is quite suitable for starting D.C.motors
remains constant. The
RheostaticControl :A series motor can be started by connecting an external resistance
(starter) in series with the main circuit of the motor. At the starting instant, since the back emf
developed by the motor is zero, therefore, the resistance connected in series with the motor is
maximum and is of such a value that the voltage drop across it with full load rated current is
equal to the line voltage. As the motor speeds up, the back emf developed by the motor
increases, therefore, the external resistance is gradually reduced in order to maintain the
current constant throughout the starting or accelerating period. Basic traction motor circuit
with rheostatic starting is shown in figure. In this method there is a considerable loss of
energy in the external circuit.
Fig.16 Rheostatic control method
In traction work both electrical and mechanical braking are employed for bringing the
vehicle to rest. Electrical braking cannot do away with the mechanical brakes since a vehicle
cannot be held stationary by its use; it nevertheless forms a very important part of a traction
system..The main advantage of using electric braking is that it reduces the wear on the
mechanical brakes and gives a higher value of braking retardation thus bringing a
avehiclequickly to rest and cutting down considerably on the running time.Where
regenerative braking is employed , a part of the energy is returned to the supply thereby
affecting a considerable saving in the running costs.
For D.C. motorsThere are three methods emp-loyed for electric braking:
(i) Plugging
(ii) Rheostatic braking
(iii)Regenerative braking
Plugging : Elaborate discussions have already been made on this in
previous chapter and does need any more of it.
Rheostatic Braking
When two or three series motors are used for traction work,the motors are connected
in parallel across a resistance.The kinetic energy of the vehicle is utilised in driving the
motors as generators which dissipate this energy in the form of heat in the rheostats to which
they are connected. The two machines in parallel amount to two series generators in parallel
and in order that they may self-excite, an equalizer connection as shown has to be used. If the
equalizer connection are not used,the machine that would build up first would send a current
through the other in the opposite direction with the result that the second machine would
excite withreversedvoltage.The two machiones would be short-circuited on themselves and
might even burn out on account of large currents. The equalizer prevents such a condition.
Another way to cross connect the fields of the machines is shown below.
Fig.17 Rheostatic braking cross connection
Suppose the voltage of machine 1 is greater than that of 2.It will send a greater
current through the field of machine 2 causing it to excite to a higher voltage and its own
excitation will be kept down because of the lesser induced emf of 2.Thus automatic
compensation is provide and the two machines operate satisfactorily.
The connections of the second case possess an advantage over that of the first.
If the direction of rotation of the armature reverses, say, due to run-back, the machines fail to
excite in the first case and no braking effect can be produced. However, with the crossconnected fields the machines build up in series and since they are short-circuited upon
themselves, they provide emergency braking and would not allow the car to run-back on a
Mechanical Regenerative braking
When a train is accelerated up to a certain speed, it acquires kinetic energy
corresponding to that speed. During the coasting period, a part of this kinetic energy is used
up in overcoming the fractional resistance and some part is utilized in the propulsion of the
train. The kinetic energy ,which is utilized in the propulsion ,does useful work and therefore
coasting may be regarded as ― mechanical regenerative braking ― since the speed gradually
decreases on account of the utilization of the kinetic energy stored in the train at the end of
the accelerating period.
A system of track grading is employed in the case of the underground railway
where the kinetic energy of a train may be used in doing useful work against gravity. Two
types of graded tracks are shown in Figure below.
Track Grading
When the train is at a station, say A, it possess a certain potential energy which is
utilized in its descent down the gradient till it reaches the level tracks. However, graded track
construction is only possible in the case of the underground railway and is not practicable for
surface railway.
Regenerative Braking with D.C. Motors
The terminal voltage of the D.C. motor must exceed the supply voltage for
regeneration to take place. Also this voltage must kept at this value irrespective of the
variation in speed or braking torque. The D.C. series motor cannot be used for regenerative
braking without modification for the reasons to be stated presently. During regeneration the
current through the armature reverses and since the excitation has to be maintained, the field
connection must be reversed, if a short-circuit condition to be avoided. For, if the field
connection were not reversed the regenerated current in it would reverse the field which
would reverse the emf of the motor and the supply voltage and back emf would aid each
other setting up a short-circuit condition.
One method of regenerative braking with series motors is the French
method. If there is a single series motor as in the case of a trolley-bus it is equipped with a
main series field auxiliary any field windings placed in parallel with the main series winding.
Fig. 20 Regenerative braking
During regenerative breaking the auxiliary field windings are placed in series with
each other and switched over in parallel across the armature and the main series field. The
machine acts as a compound generator with slight differential compounding. If there is a
change in the line voltage, the shunt excitation being sensitive to such changes, immediately
causes the emf of the generator to increase or decrease thus providing the necessary balance.
Suppose the line voltage tends to increase beyond the emf of the generator. The increased
voltage across the shunt circuit will send a large exciting current through it causing the emf of
the generator to rise. The reverse of this happens when the line voltage tends to fall. The
arrangement is, therefore, self-compensating.
In locomotives where four or six series motors are used, there need
not be any auxiliary windings. During normal working all the motors are in series within their
respective field windings but during regeneration, the motor armature is in parallel with the
field windings of all other motors except one.
Fig.21 Regenerative Braking
This arrangement is now similar to the previous one. An alternative method of
regenerative braking by using an exciter for controlling the excitation of the field winding
during regeneration. The exciter may either be axle driven or noticed from an auxiliary
Fig. 22 Regenerative braking (alternative)
As shown in Figure the exciter E have separately excited winding whose excitation is
controlled by the driver. The armature of the exciter is placed in the circuit of the series fields
of motors 1 and 2. The exciter has other winding
placed in series with the main motor
circuit. and
are arranged to oppose each other during regeneration.Suppose the line
voltage decreases, it will try to increase the regeneent through the armayures 1 and 2.The
excitation of
therefore increase and since
each other, the emf of E falls on
account of reduced excitation. As soon as the emf of the exciter falls , the current in the field
current 1 and 2 decreases causing the emf of 1 and 2 to decrease. Compensation for a
decrease in the line voltage is automatically provided, The arrangements shown below has the
exciter connected in the circuit of the field windings and the stabilizing resistance. The
balance of voltage available in the exciter armature circuit is reduced causing a reduction in
the exciting current in the fields of 1 and 2.this decrease the induced emf of the generators,
thus providing inherent compensation.
Fig. 23 Regenerative braking
The function of the stabilizing resistance is to prevent the current surges when the
vehicle crosses one section of the supply to another and to compensate for variation in line
Limits of Braking
Regenerative braking is employed down to a speed of 16 Then rheostat
braking to about 6.5 and then mechanical brakes are used to bring the vehicle to rest.
Regenerative braking with three-phase induction motor occurs automatically when the
motor runs at a speed slightly above the synchronous. It then works as induction generator.
The induction generator however is not self-starting and must be connected to a system
supplied from synchronous generator.
The torque-curve of an induction motor is as shown below. With no extra
resistance in the rotor circuit, there is only a slight variation of speed with torque. By adding
extra resistance in the rotor circuit the speed increases for a particular braking torque.
Therefore while braking without any extra resistance in the rotor circuit; the speed will be
kept almost constant independent of the gradient and the load of the train. This is a great
advantage with the induction motor when used for traction.
Fig.24 Torque speed curve of an Induction motor
In this case both rheostatic and regenerative braking are possible.
Rheostatic Braking: The motors are worked as separately excited generators
supplying energy to resistance load. The fields are energized at low voltage from suitable
tapings on the train transformer. The kinetic energy of the rotor is dissipated as electrical
energy in the load resistance. Also, the fields of the motors may be excited from one of the
motors acting as a series generator. In this case D.C. will be generated in the rotors of the
motors and the kinetic energy of rotors will be dissipated as D.C. power in the loading
Regenerative Braking
For generative braking the regenerated power should be at the frequency of the main
supply. This necessitates the energizing of the field winding from the main supply. Secondly,
the regenerated current must be in phase opposition to the applied voltage and also the flux
so that the power may be feedback into the supply system.The voltage applied to the field
winding must be
out of phase with respect to the supply voltage.An arrangement to
obtain these conditions is shown below.
Fig.25 Regenerative braking with single phase series motor
Mechanical brakes are essential feature on traction vehicles and are always operated
by power. Two types of mechanical power brakes have been developed. (i) compresses airbrakes and (ii) vacuum brakes. The compressed air brake is extensively used on electrified
railway and vacuum brakes on steam railway. The compressed air brake possess a little
advantage over the other type since compressed air can conveniently be stored up and
released for quick action where as the vacuum brake, a pump has to create the necessary
vacuum. However, use of a vacuum reservoir overcomes this drawback.
It is made up of a vertical cylinder having a piston and a piston rod which operates the
braking arrangement through a system of levers. Vacuum is created on the top and the
underside by admitting of the piston so that in the normal condition, the piston rests at the
bottom of the cylinder. When brakes are to be applied, the vacuum is broken from the
underside by admitting air at atmospheric pressure. The piston moves up applies the brakes.
The brakes may be released by either creating the vacuum or by making the pressure equal on
both sides of the piston.
The Compressed Air Brake
It consists of a reservoir of compressed air, a brake cylinder, a valve and pipe. The
brakes are kept in the: off‖ position by springs in the brake cylinder. When brakes are to be
applied, compressed air is admitted into the cylinder. It presses the piston against the force of
the spring. Clearly, the force with which the brakes are applied depends upon the quantity of
the compressed air admitted. To release the brakes, compressed air is exhausted from the
Fig.26 Action of compressed air brake
Magnetic Track Brake
It is used in tramcars. The electromagnet is bipolar. The body is made of cast steel and
the pole faces are made of soft steel and can be renewed. The exciting coil is enclosed in a
water-tight case. The magnetic flux is perpendicular to the pole faces and the track. The force
of attraction between the magnet and the track is given by
N, where B is the flux density in weber/
and a is the area in the pole
face in sq.m.The drag that it can produce on the car is given by micro farad, where t is the
coefficient of friction.
Fig.27 Magnetic Track brake
Electro-Mechanical Drum Brakes
The brake drum is fitted to the motor shaft and brake shoes are applied by springs and
released by a solenoid excited from a battery. They have replaced the hand applied wheel
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