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July 10, 2020

Three phase induction motors employ a simple construction composed of a stator covered with electromagnets, and a rotor composed of conductors shorted at each end, arranged as a “squirrel cage”. They work on the basic principle of induction in which a rotating electro-magnetic field it made through the use of a three-phase current at the stators electromagnets. This in turn induces a current within the rotor’s conductors, which in turns produces rotor’s magnetic field that tries to check out stator’s magnetic field, pulling the rotor into rotation.

Great things about AC Induction Motors are:

Induction motors are simple and rugged in building. They are more robust and can operate in virtually any environmental condition

Induction motors are cheaper in cost because of simple rotor construction, lack of brushes, commutators, and slip rings

They are free of maintenance motors unlike dc motors due to the absence of brushes, commutators and slip rings

Induction motors can be operated in polluted and explosive conditions as they do not have brushes which can cause sparks

AC Induction motors are Asynchronous Machines and therefore the rotor will not convert at the precise same speed since the stator’s rotating magnetic field. Some difference in the rotor and stator swiftness is necessary to be able to develop the induction into the rotor. The difference between the two is named the slip. Slip should be kept in a optimal range in order for the motor to operate effectively. Roboteq AC Induction controllers could be configured to operate in one of three modes:

Scallar (or Volts per Hertz): an Open up loop mode in which a command causes a simultaneous, fixed-ratio Frequency and Voltage alter.

Controlled Slip: a Closed Loop speed where voltage and frequency are managed to keep slip inside a narrow range while working at a desired speed.

Field Oriented Control (Vector Drive): a Closed Loop Velocity and Torque control that works by Induction Motor optimizing the rotating field of the stator vs. this of the induced field in the rotor.

See this video from Learning Engineering for a visual illustration on how AC Induction Motors are constructed and work.