What is a DC Motor?
A direct current motor (DC motor) is defined as an electrical machine that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. Based on the definition above, we can conclude that a DC motor is defined as an electric motor that operates on direct current. A DC motor is an electric motor that runs on direct current (DC), unlike an induction motor that operates via an alternating current.
It operates on the Lorentz principle, which states that "a current-carrying conducter placed in a magnetic and electric field experiences a force." That force is known as the Lorentz force . Fleming's Left-hand Rule determines the direction of the mechanical force.
Working principle or Principle of Operation for DC Motor
The operation of a direct current (DC) motor is based on the principle that when a current-carrying conductor is placed in a magnetic field, the conductor experiences a mechanical force. The direction of force is given by Fleming's left-hand rule and the magnitude of this force is given by:
F= BIL Newtons
Where B is a magnetic field, I is current and L is the length of the conductor.
According to Fleming's Left Hand Rule, if we arrange our thumb, forefinger and middle finger of the left-hand perpendicular to each other, the thumb will point in the direction of the magnetic force, the forefinger will point in the direction of the magnetic field and the middle finger will point in the direction of the current.
Fleming’s Left-Hand Rule
Basic Motor Operation Function
The field magnets are excited, resulting in the formation of alternate North and South poles.
Currents are carried by armature conductors.
Poles and part of DC motor
All North-pole conductors carry currents in one direction, while all South-pole conductors carry currents in the opposite direction. Currents are carried into the plane of the paper by the armature conductors under the N-pole (denoted as in the figure). The conductors beneath the S-pole carry currents away from the plane of the paper (shown in the figure).
A mechanical force acts on each armature conductor because it is carrying current and is placed in the magnetic field. Using Fleming's left-hand rule, it is clear that the force on each conductor tends to rotate the armature anticlockwise. All of these forces combine to create a driving torque that sets the armature to rotate.
Simple DC motor
Cross-section of DC motor
The current in a conductor is reversed when it moves from one side of a brush to the other. At the same time, it is influenced by the next pole, which has the opposite polarity. As a result, the direction of the force on the conductor remains constant. It should be noted that the function of a commutator in a motor is the same as that of a commutator in a generator. It helps to develop a continuous and uni-directional torque by reversing the current in each conductor as it passes from one pole to another.
Application of DC Motor
A direct current motor is a type of motor in which we use a permanent magnet to generate the necessary magnetic field. As this motor does not need to control the speed, it is used in applications like:
Automobiles as a starter motor
Personal computer disc drives
Blowers in heater and air conditioners.
Working Principle of Electric Motor
The electric motor operates on the principle that when a coil is placed in a magnetic field, current flows through it, causing the coil to rotate.
Take two bar magnets and align the poles with a small space between them. Make a loop with a small length of conducting wire. Maintain this loop in the space between the magnets so that it remains within the magnets' sphere of influence. Now for the final section, join the loop's ends together.
When you pass electricity through your simple circuit, you will notice that your loop ‘moves’. What causes this? The magnetic field produced by the magnets interferes with the magnetic field produced by the electric current flowing in the conductor. As the loop has become a magnet, one side will be drawn to the north pole and the other to the south pole. This causes the loop to rotate indefinitely. This is the working principle of an electric motor.
Working of Electric Motor
The electrical motor is a device that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. In simple terms, the electrical motor is a device used for producing rotational energy.
According to the diagram, the current enters the coil ABCD from brush X. ABCD is a current-carrying coil that is placed in a magnetic field that is perpendicular to it. So, using Fleming's left-hand rule, we can say that AB moves downward and CD moves upward. CD moves towards the north pole in the next half rotation, while AB moves towards the south pole. Using Fleming's left-hand rule again, we can see that AB moves upward and CD moves downward. This process continues and the coil begins to rotate.
In short, an electrical DC motor is an electrical machine that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. Therefore, we have discussed how DC and electric motors work and their applications. We have learnt the working principle of the DC and electrical motor and also the rules used to identify the direction of the force produced. This article gives a detailed description of the DC electric motor so that you will have a better understanding of the concept.