Electric Motors Key Terms
Supercharge your knowledge of electric motors by becoming familiar with key terms and jargonElectric motors make up some of the most useful and varied power sources for industries and businesses. They are often a necessary part of running organizations, from new, fledgling businesses to established company entities that need to replace their electric motors. Such devices may not only be used for general purposes, but also for specialized tasks and objectives as well. Different electric motors are capable of accomplishing alternate actions and, as a result, becoming familiar with electric motors key terms can offer an explanation as to the intricacies and nuances of such equipment.
Revolutions per minute (RPM)Revolutions per minute is abbreviated with the acronym RPM. This value represents the number of times, each minute, that the shaft of the motor, also known as the machine, is able to rotate. It is a design function as well as the power supply of the motor.
Alternating currentAlternating current is often abbreviated as AC. It is a common form of electrically powered motor and is able to change the direction of its flow or cycles.
Direct currentDirect current, abbreviated with the acronym DC, is an electric current for electric motors which flows in only one direction. Such electric currents may be continuous or discontinuous, as well as constant or varying.
TorqueThe force to turn, which is delivered to the electric motor by the motor or shaft, is known as torque. This value is determined by the calculation of the horsepower of the motor multiplied by 5250 revolutions per minute, which results in the full torque load of the motor.
LossesElectrical motors are able to convert electrical energy into mechanical energy. However, when this happens, losses occur. Losses are the energy that has been put into the electric motor, but which has also been unable to convert to usable power. Instead, the energy is converted into heat. Losses often cause the temperature of motor parts to increase.
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