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Good Book for Learning about Motors/Generators

  1. Mar 1, 2014 #1
    I'm a junior in electrical engineering so I have a good knowledge of the physics of electromagnetism. However, I do not take my electric power and machines class for another two semesters and am interested in learning about AC/DC motors and generators in my spare time. Can anyone recommend any good books?

    I want the book to go into fair detail on the construction of these devices, not just an overview of the physics. But I'm not looking for a textbook really, just something in the $50 range.

    Thank you.
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  3. Mar 2, 2014 #2

    jim hardy

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    No takers yet ?

    I'd say the best practical training was the US Navy courses from 1960's.
    Take a look here

    If you can find any old Audel's books on motors from 1930's to 1960's in a used book store , they are great.
    General Electric inWW2 published a book called "Electrical Maintenance" that is chock full of practical advice, like how to find open rotor bars, proper lubrication, ,, it'll be a difficult find but a lifelong resource.

    lastly i'd advise go to a junkyard and get a few motors, take them apart.
    Starter motors are series wound DC machine, as are many heater blower motors
    Generators are shunt wound
    electric window motors are permanent magnet type
    older Ford windshield wiper motors are a three brush DC machine, as were car generators before invention of the electromechanical voltage regulator mid-1930's. Third brush excites the field, giving closed loop control. Newer ones are permanent magnet.

    your humble car alternator is a three phase wound rotor synchronous machine.
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  4. Mar 2, 2014 #3

    jim hardy

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    I have a 1901 edition of this book, which is a delight. I've mentioned it before on PF.

    Back then they were still experimenting with physical configurations, and interpoles were a new idea.
    It's somewhat wordy but interesting perspective on from whence we came. He speaks of Tesla and Steinmetz in present tense.... It'd be a real novelty in a modern machinery course.....

    The 1886 version is available as well, but his preface to 1901 says he added a LOT of information. A lot of progress happened in those 15 years. I've not seen the earlier one , don't know if it would be as good on 3-phase.

    old jim
  5. Mar 2, 2014 #4
    Thank you very much, I appreciate the response.
  6. Mar 2, 2014 #5


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    For theory, I suggest Electrical Machinery and Transformers, by Guru/Hiziroglu
    For practicality, I suggest Electric Motor Repair, by Rosenberg/Hand <---- Not just a motor repair book. Has a lot of excellent information in it. It opens twice inside, one half shows illustrations while the other, the text. By far my favorite electric motor book
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