**Speed Control Methods Of DC Motor**

**Speed Of A DC Motor**

Back emf E_{b} of a DC motor is nothing but the induced emf in armature conductors due to rotation of the armature in magnetic field. Thus, the magnitude of E_{b} can be given by EMF equation of a DC generator.

**E _{b} = ^{PØNZ}/_{60A}**

**(where, P = no. of poles, Ø = flux/pole, N = speed in rpm, Z = no. of armature conductors, A = parallel paths)**

E_{b }can also be given as,

**E _{b} = V- I_{a}R_{a}**

thus, from the above equations

**N = ^{Eb 60A}/_{P}_{ØZ}**

but, for a DC motor A, P and Z are constants

Therefore, **N ∝ K ^{Eb}/_{Ø} ** (where,

**K=constant**)

This shows the **speed of a dc motor** is directly proportional to the back emf and inversely proportional to the flux per pole.

**Speed Control Methods Of DC Motor**

**Speed Control Of Shunt Motor**

**1. Flux Control Method**

It is already explained above that the **speed of a dc motor** is inversely proportional to the flux per pole. Thus by decreasing the flux, speed can be increased and vice versa.

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^{2}R loss is small. Therefore, this method is quite efficient. Though speed can be increased above the rated value by reducing flux with this method, it puts a limit to maximum speed as weakening of field flux beyond a limit will adversely affect the commutation.

**2. Armature Control Method**

**Speed of a dc motor** is directly proportional to the back emf **E _{b} and E_{b} = V – I_{a}R_{a}**. That means, when supply voltage V and the armature resistance R

_{a}are kept constant, then the speed is directly proportional to armature current I

_{a}. Thus, if we add resistance in series with the armature, I

_{a}decreases and, hence, the speed also decreases. Greater the resistance in series with the armature, greater the decrease in speed.

**3. Voltage Control Method**

**a) Multiple voltage control:**

In this method, the shunt field is connected to a fixed exciting voltage and armature is supplied with different voltages. Voltage across armature is changed with the help of suitable switchgear. The speed is approximately proportional to the voltage across the armature.

**b) Ward-Leonard System:**

This system is used where very sensitive **speed control of motor** is required (e.g electric excavators, elevators etc.). The arrangement of this system is as shown in the figure at right.

M_{2} is the motor to which speed control is required.

M_{1} may be any AC motor or DC motor with constant speed.

G is a generator directly coupled to M_{1}.

In this method, the output from generator G is fed to the armature of the motor M_{2} whose speed is to be controlled. The output voltage of generator G can be varied from zero to its maximum value by means of its field regulator and, hence, the armature voltage of the motor M_{2} is varied very smoothly. Hence, very smooth **speed control of the dc motor** can be obtained by this method.

**Speed Control Of Series Motor**

**1. Flux Control Method**

A variable resistance is connected parallel to the series field as shown in fig (a). This variable resistor is called as a diverter, as the desired amount of current can be diverted through this resistor and, hence, current through field coil can be decreased. Thus, flux can be decreased to the desired amount and speed can be increased.__Field diverter__:Diverter is connected across the armature as shown in fig (b).__Armature diverter__:

For a given constant load torque, if armature current is reduced then the flux must increase, as Ta ∝ ØIa

This will result in an increase in current taken from the supply and hence flux Ø will increase and subsequently**speed of the motor**will decrease.As shown in fig (c) field coil is tapped dividing number of turns. Thus we can select different value of Ø by selecting different number of turns.__Tapped field control__:In this method, several speeds can be obtained by regrouping coils as shown in fig (d).__Paralleling field coils__:

**2. Variable Resistance In Series With Armature**

By introducing resistance in series with the armature, voltage across the armature can be reduced. And, hence, speed reduces in proportion with it.

**3. Series-Parallel Control**

This system is widely used in electric traction, where two or more mechanically coupled series motors are employed. For low speeds, the motors are connected in series, and for higher speeds, the motors are connected in parallel.

When in series, the motors have the same current passing through them, although voltage across each motor is divided. When in parallel, the voltage across each motor is same although the current gets divided.

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