AC Induction Motor Theory

Learning objectives

  • Describe the makeup of a magnetic field
  • State the law of magnetism
  • Define the following terms:
    • Magnetic flux
    • Polarity
    • Motor slip
    • Synchronous speed
  • Describe electromagnetic force
  • Discuss the theory behind the operation of single-phase AC motor rotating stator fields
  • Explain the rotation of an AC squirrel cage rotor
  • Discuss the three-phase motor’s rotating stator field and its associated waveform

Course overview

As discussed in a previous lesson in this series, AC induction motors are commonly found in industrial and power generation applications. The AC Induction Motor Theory training course explains the operating fundamentals and theory of single-phase and three-phase AC induction motors. It introduces the principles of magnetism and magnetic fields and discusses how they are used in AC motor operations.

This online training course describes how an electric AC induction motor uses the principles of magnetism and magnetic fields to convert electrical energy into mechanical energy. The course covers:

  • Magnetic fields
  • Electromagnetism and electromagnetic force
  • Single-phase AC rotating stator field
  • Single-phase squirrel cage rotor
  • Three-phase motors

AC Motor Induction Theory is part of the Industrial Motors series.

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