# Types of DC Motors – Series, Shunt and Compound Wound

In this article, we will discuss different types of DC motors, their definitions, applications, and characteristics equations.

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An electromechanical energy conversion device that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy is called an electric motor. Therefore, the input of an electric motor is electricity, while the output is mechanical energy in the form of the rotation of the shaft.

Depending on the type of electricity input, electric motors are classified into major two types namely,

• DC Motor or Direct Current Motor
• AC Motor or Alternating Current Motor

When AC motor takes alternating current for its operation, whereas a DC motor requires direct current for operating. But, in this article, we only confine our attention to DC motors only.

An electrical machine that converts direct current electricity into mechanical energy in the form of rotation of the shaft is called a DC motor. A typical DC motor consists of two main parts namely the field system and armature. The armature is the one that produces the required operating torque to drive the mechanical load, while the field system produces the working magnetic flux in the motor.

## Types of DC Motors

Depending on the method of excitation used, the DC motors are classified into two types viz.

• Separately Excited DC Motor
• Self-Excited DC Motor

### Separately Excited DC Motor

A type of DC motor in which the required excitation to the field winding is provided by means of an external supply is known as a separately excited DC motor.

A circuit diagram of a typical separately excited DC motor is shown in the figure. It consists of an armature that carries the armature winding that is directly supplied from the DC mains. The field winding of the motor is supplied by a DC battery to produce the required working flux in the motor.

The separately excited motors are rarely used in practice due to some technical and economic reasons. From the circuit diagram of the motor, we may write the following important expression representing the different electrical characteristics of the motor.

(1). Armature current of the motor:

(2). Field current of the motor:

(3). Supply voltage given to the motor:

Where Eb is the back emf and Ra is the armature resistance.

### Types of Self-Excited Motor

The self-excited DC motor is the one in which the current required to excite the field winding is supplied by the motor itself. Therefore, these motors are very popular over separately excited DC motors in practical applications.

Depending on the connection of the field winding of the motor with the armature winding, the self-excited DC motors are further classified into three main types:

• Series DC Motor
• Shunt DC Motor
• Compound Wound DC Motor

#### Series DC Motor

The series DC motor is the one in which the field winding is connected in series with the armature winding as shown in the figure.

From the above circuit, it is clear that the series field winding of the motor carries the entire armature current, therefore, it is designed to have low resistance. In practice, the series field winding is made of fewer turns of thick wire.

By referring to the circuit diagram, the important characteristic equations of a series DC Motor can be written as,

(1). Armature current of series DC motor:

(2). Voltage equation of the DC series motor:

In the case of DC series motors, the change in the supply current causes a change in the magnetic field, which in turn causes variation in the speed of the motor. Therefore, the series DC motors are variable speed DC motors.

One of the most important characteristics of a DC series motor is that it produces very high torque at low speeds and vice-versa. It is always taken into care while using a series DC motor that it attains a dangerously high speed at no-load or light load.

Hence, the series DC motors are used in such applications where high starting torque is required such as electric traction, cranes, lifts, elevators, sewing machines, air compressors, etc.

#### Shunt DC Motor

The type of DC motor in which armature winding and field winding are connected in parallel is known as a shunt DC motor. The circuit diagram of the shunt DC motor is shown in the following figure.

In the case of the shunt DC motor, the field winding is designed such that it has high resistance. For that, it is made with a large number of turns of thin wire. So that it carries only a small fraction of the total supply current, the rest of the current flow through the armature winding to produce the working torque.

By referring to the circuit diagram of the shunt DC motor, we can write the following characteristics equations of the motor.

(1). Armature current of the shunt DC motor:

(2). The field current in the shunt winding:

(3). Voltage equation of the shunt DC motor:

The shunt motors are considered the constant speed DC motor. Hence, these motors are used in the applications such as lathes, drill machines, spinning machines, weaving machines, etc.

#### Compound DC Motor

As its name implies, the compound DC motor is the compound (combination) of both series and shunt DC motors. A type of DC motor which consists of both series field winding and shunt field winding to produce the required magnetic flux in the machine is called a compound DC motor.

Depending on the series and shunt field winding arrangement in the motor circuit, the compound DC motors are further classified into the following two types.

• Short-Shunt Compound DC Motor
• Long-Shunt Compound DC Motor
##### Short Shunt Compound DC Motor

The type of compound DC motor in which the parallel combination of shunt field winding and the armature winding is connected in series with the series field winding is known as a short-shunt compound DC motor.

The circuit diagram of the short-shunt compound DC motor is shown in the figure. From this circuit diagram, we can write the following expressions describing the motor characteristics:

(1). Armature current of the short shunt DC motor:

(2). Voltage equation of the short shunt DC motor:

##### Long Shunt Compound DC Motor

A compound wound DC motor in which the series combination of armature winding and the series field winding is connected in parallel with the shunt field winding is known as a long-shunt compound DC motor.

The circuit diagram of a long shunt compound DC motor is shown in the figure. By referring to this circuit, we can write the following characteristics equations of the long shunt DC motor:

(1). Armature current of long shunt DC motor:

(2). Voltage equation of the long shunt motor:

Since the DC compound motors have high starting torque (series field) and a finite speed at no-load or light load (shunt field). Hence, these are extensively used in cutting tools, rolling mills, etc.

Both short-shunt and long-shunt compound DC motors are classified into two types namely: cumulatively compound motor and differentially compound motor. In the cumulatively compound motor, the fluxes of both series and shunt field windings assist each other, while in the differentially compound motor, the fluxes of both series and shunt field windings oppose each other. For this reason, the performance of differentially compound DC motors is poor, hence they are not suitable for practical applications.