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Construction of Dc motor (all parts of dc motor in details)

Construction of Dc motor

Construction of Dc motor nearly looks like the construction of Dc generator, originally when the Dc machine starts working we can’t identify whether it’s a Dc generator or motor, briefly Dc motor consists of:

  • Stator: it’s the stationary part containing the field winding and receives the supply.
  • Rotor: which is the rotating part.

Construction of dc motor in detail, there is a yoke (Magnetic frame), pole core and pole shoes, armature core, armature winding (conductor), commutator, and brushes and bearings. Each part of those has its identity and great importance, advantage and sometimes problems, now we will separately explain each part.

Construction of Dc motor


  • The yoke of DC motor:

The yoke is the outer cover (frame) of the machine, it’s made of cast iron in small machines where cheapness is an important consideration and in large machines, it’s made of cast, silicon, or rolled steel to provide high permeability.

 Yoke of DC Motor

It has the importance that it:

  • Provides a mechanical support to poles.
  • Provide protection from dust, moisture, and various gases to the whole machine.
  • Carries the magnetic flux produced by the poles.
  • Pole shoes and pole core of DC Motor:

Pole core is a solid piece made of cast iron or cast steel build of thin laminations which are perfect to reduce power losses due to eddy current, the function of these poles is:

  • Provide magnetic flux when the field winding in excitation case.
  • Directs the flux produced through the air gap to armature core to the next pole.

Pole core and pole shoe of Dc motor

Pole shoe is a lamination of annealed steel made of cast iron or cast steel but it’s used to:

  • Enlarge the pole area and reduce the reluctance of the magnetic path.
  • Provide more spread out of flux in the air gap.
  • Field Winding of DC Motor:

It’s usually a copper conductor wound around pole core with a definite direction, We usually connect it in series and when the current passes through it the poles electro magnetized and produce the necessary flux.

field winding of Dc motor

We must make the Field winding of conducting materials like aluminum or copper because it carries the produced current.

  • Armature core of DC Motor:

Armature core is a cylindrical shape mounted to the shaft and rotates between the field poles and keyed to the machine shaft it uses high permeability low reluctance materials like cast iron or cast steel, there are also laminations coated with a thin film to reduce losses due to eddy current, laminations also provide mechanical security to the armature winding.

Armature core of DC Motor

There is a large number of slots in the armature core periphery and we place the armature conductor in those slots.

The armature core is important as:

  • It provides a path of low reluctance the flux produced by the field winding.
  • It’s the house of the armature conductors.
  • Armature winding of Dc motor:

Armature winding is the interconnection of armature conductors.

And we can make those windings of conducting materials like copper.

When we use a prime mover to rotate the armature a magnetic flux and voltage induced in it.

It’s important because it carries the current supplied to the machine.

Armature winding of Dc motor

We can connect the armature conductors in series to increase the voltage or in parallel to increase the current; there are two types of windings:

  • Lap winding.
  • Wave winding.
  • The commutator of DC Motor:

The commutator is a cylindrical mechanical rectifier made of edge shaped copper segments insulated from each other by a thin layer of mica those segments are made of hard drawn copper.

commutator of DC Motor

The function of the commutator is:

  • Converts the alternating current or voltage produced in the armature winding to direct current and voltage with the help of brushes.
  • Provide unidirectional torque for Dc motor.
  • Facilitate the collection of current from armature conductors.
  • Brushes of DC Motor:

Brushes are carbon or graphite rectangular shapes inspected regularly because they wear with time, they rest on the surface of the commutator.

Brushes of DC Motor

We use brushes to collect the current from the commutator and apply it to the external load; in another meaning, they ensure the electrical connection between the rotating commutator and the stationary external load circuit.

Since we are talking about brushes you should know that there are brushless Dc motors that we can use in high-speed applications.

And multiple machines have the number of brushes as the same of the number of the poles.

  • Bearings of Dc motor:

Ball bearings are the most popular because they are more reliable so they are the perfect on heavy duty machines.

bearings of Dc motor


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