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Electrical Drives

Motion control is required in large number of industrial and domestic applications like transportation systems, rolling mills, paper machines, textile mills, machine tools, fans, pumps, robots, washing machines etc.

Electrical Drives:


Motion control is required in large number of industrial and domestic applications like transportation systems, rolling mills, paper machines, textile mills, machine tools, fans, pumps, robots, washing machines etc.


Systems employed for motion control are called DRIVES, and may employ any of prime movers such as diesel or petrol engines, gas or steam turbines, steam engines, hydraulic motors and electric motors, for supplying mechanical energy for motion control. Drives employing electric motors are known as Electrical Drives.


An Electric Drive can be defined as an electromechanical device for converting electrical energy into mechanical energy to impart motion to different machines and mechanisms for various kinds of process control.


Classification of Electric Drives


According to Mode of Operation


ü Continuous duty drives

ü Short time duty drives

ü Intermittent duty drives


According to Means of Control


ü Manual

ü Semi-automatic

ü Automatic


According to Number of machines


ü Individual drive

ü Group drive

ü Multi-motor drive


According to Dynamics and Transients


ü Uncontrolled transient period

ü Controlled transient period


According to Methods of Speed Control


ü Reversible and non-reversible uncontrolled constant speed.

ü Reversible and non-reversible step speed control.

ü Variable position control.


Reversible and non-reversible smooth speed control.

Advantages of Electrical Drive


They have flexible control characteristics. The steady state and dynamic characteristics of electric drives can be shaped to satisfy the load requirements.


1.     Drives can be provided with automatic fault detection systems. Programmable logic controller and computers can be employed to automatically control the drive operations in a desired sequence.

2.     They are available in wide range of torque, speed and power.

3.     They are adaptable to almost any operating conditions such as explosive and radioactive environments

4.     It can operate in all the four quadrants of speed-torque plane

5.     They can be started instantly and can immediately be fully loaded

6.     Control gear requirement for speed control, starting and braking is usually simple and easy to operate.


Choice (or) Selection of Electrical Drives


Choice of an electric drive depends on a number of factors. Some of the important factors are.


ü Steady State Operating conditions requirements:


Nature of speed torque characteristics, speed regulation, speed range, efficiency, duty cycle, quadrants of operation, speed fluctuations if any, ratings etc


ü Transient operation requirements:


Values of acceleration and deceleration, starting, braking and reversing performance.


ü Requirements related to the source:


Types of source and its capacity, magnitude of voltage, voltage fluctuations, power factor, harmonics and their effect on other loads, ability to accept regenerative power


ü Capital and running cost, maintenance needs life.


ü Space and weight restriction if any.


ü Environment and location.


ü Reliability.


Group Electric Drive


This drive consists of a single motor, which drives one or more line shafts supported on bearings. The line shaft may be fitted with either pulleys and belts or gears, by means of which a group of machines or mechanisms may be operated. It is also sometimes called as SHAFT DRIVES.




A single large motor can be used instead of number of small motors




There is no flexibility. If the single motor used develops fault, the whole process will be stopped.

Individual Electric Drive


In this drive each individual machine is driven by a separate motor. This motor also imparts motion to various parts of the machine.


Multi Motor Electric Drive


In this drive system, there are several drives, each of which serves to actuate one of the working parts of the drive mechanisms.


E.g. Complicated metal cutting machine tools


Paper making industries, rolling machines etc.


Classification of Electrical Drives


Another main classification of electric drive is


ü DC drive

ü AC drive




ü Paper mills


ü Cement Mills


ü Textile mills


ü Sugar Mills


ü Steel Mills


ü Electric Traction


ü Petrochemical Industries


ü Electrical Vehicles

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