A brief insight on basics of Induction motor.

Basic principle Induction motor:

In induction motor ac current is fed in to the stator directly but no current is supplied to the rotor externally. As the stator is fed by ac, varying magnetic flux generated by the stator induce current in the rotor.Now by Lenz’s law a current carrying conductor will be subjected to a force in a magnetic field. As in induction motor rotor carries current and subject to the magnetic field of the stator, a force is exerted on the rotor. By some means this force is harness as rotational force.

[From Fitzgerald] In induction machines, alternating currents are applied directly to the stator winding. Rotor currents are then produced by induction, i.e., transformer action. The induction machine may be regarded as a generalized transformer in which electric power is transformed between rotor and stator together with a change of frequency and a flow of mechanical power.

How rotor of induction motor rotates:

[Lenz’s law] A current carrying conductor will experience a force when placed in a magnetic field. The force will such that, it will try to cancel out its cause of creation.

In induction motor the stator is standstill, but the varying ac current fed in to the special phase displaced stator coil creates a rotating magnetic field in the stator. (How rotating magnetic field is created in induction motor stator)

As the current in the rotor is produced due to the varying magnetic field of stator, a force will exert on the rotor to diminish the relative speed between the rotor speed and that of stator rotating magnetic field. Thus the rotor rotates and hunt down the stator magnetic field. But could not catch up the speed of the stator magnetic field, if its to catch up there there will be no relative speed between the stator flux and rotor, thus there will be induction current in the rotor, so motor won’t work.

Slip, rotor current frequency of induction motor:

The difference between stator magnetic field synchronous speed and the rotor speed is commonly referred to as the slip of the rotor; in this case the rotor slip is (ns – n) r/min.Slip is more usually expressed [alvaa]as a fraction of synchronous speed. s=(ns-n)/n. From it n=(1 – s)ns. The relative motion of the stator flux and the rotor conductors induces voltages of frequency fr,fr = Sfe,
fr= frequency of rotor induced current (Slip frequency), fe= line frequency, s=slip.

Frequency of rotor current of induction motor:

Q.The frequency of the rotor current in a 3 phase 50 Hz, 4 pole induction motor at full