Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Fundamental Operating Principles Of A Motor

Guest post written by Gina T
Motors have been in ubiquitous worldwide usage for well over 100 years now. Motors of one type or another can power everything from automobiles and boats to computers, airplanes and lawnmowers, among other popular items. But most people don't have a very good understanding of the fundamental operating principles of motors. Having such knowledge can help individuals better understand the operational ability of the motorized products or vehicles they're using at any given time.
Motor Components
Even the simplest of motors consist of a vast array of hardware and software. The main components of motors are inverters, sensors, coils, wiring, rotors, and magnets. Often these components are incorporated into electronic circuitry as well, such as motherboards and central processing units, in a motor to enhance the efficiency of the motor and to make it more reliable, safe and durable.
Power Sources
Electricity has been harnessed to power most motors since the mechanization process of motor development was implemented decades ago. Some motors plug directly into wall electrical outlets and run off of alternating current, or AC. Others, however, generate their electrical power by first being charged by batteries and the other aforementioned motor hardware and components. This type of motor is called a direct current motor, or a DC motor. For example, a brushless DC motor is used in many everyday applications, including heating, ventilation, transportation operations and in many different engineering fields such as industrial engineering design.
Future Of Motors
While most of today's motors use electrical or battery-operated power that's converted into mechanical or electronic energy, cutting edge scientific motor research and development is experimenting and testing motors that run on many different energy sources such as ethanol, biodiesel, and nuclear fuel, among other power utilities. These motorized energy sources will most likely replace the design and technology of the majority of motors in use today because they can generate more power with more efficiency and greater conservation of environmental resources.

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