Synchronous motor works on
the principle of the magnetic locking. When two unlike poles are brought
near each other, if the magnets are strong, there exists a tremendous
force of attraction between those two poles. In such condition the two
magnets are said to be magnetically locked.
If now one of the two magnets is rotated, the other also rotates in the
same direction, with the same speed due to the force of attraction i.e.
due to magnetic locking condition. The principle is shown schematically
in the Fig.1.
|Fig. 1 Principle of magnetic locking|
magnetic locking condition, there must exist two unlike poles and
magnetic axes of two must be brought very close to each other. Let us
see the application of this principle in case of synchronous motor.
Consider a three phase synchronous motor, whose stator is wound for 2
poles. The two magnetic fields are produced in the synchronous motor by
exciting both the windings, stator and rotor with three phase a.c.
supply and d.c. supply respectively. When three phase winding is excited
by a three phase a.c. supply the the flux produced by the three phase
winding is always of rotating type, which is already discussed in the
previous post. Such a magnetic flux rotates in space at a speed called
synchronous speed. This magnetic field is called rotating magnetic
field. The rotating magnetic field creates the effect similar to the
physical rotation of magnets in space with a synchronous speed. So
stator of the synchronous motor produces one magnet which is as good as
rotating in space with the synchronous speed. The synchronous speed of a
stator rotating magnetic field depends on the supply frequency and the
number of poles for which stator winding is wound. if the frequency of
the a.c. supply is f Hz and stator is wound for P number of poles, then
the speed of the rotating magnetic field is synchronous given by,
In this case, as stator is wound for say 2 poles, with 50 Hz supply,
the speed of the rotating magnetic field will be 3000 r.p.m. This effect
is similar to the physical rotation of two poles with a speed of Ns r.p.m. For simplicity of understanding let us assume that the stator poles are N1 and S1 which are rotating at a speed of Ns. The direction of rotation of rotating magnetic field is say clockwise.
When the field winding on rotor is excited by a d.c. supply, it also
produces two poles, assuming rotor construction to be two pole, salient
type. Let these poles be N2 and S2.
are brought near each other, the magnetic locking may get established
between stator and rotor poles. As stator poles are rotating due to
magnetic locking rotor will also rotate in the same direction as that of
stator poles i.e. in the direction of rotating magnetic field, with the
same speed i.e Ns. Hence synchronous motor rotates at one
and only one speed i.e. synchronous speed. But this all depends on
existence of magnetic locking between stator and rotor poles.
Practically it is not possible for stator poles to pull the rotor poles
from their stationary position into magnetic locking condition. hence
synchronous motors are not self starting. Let us see the reason behind
this in detail.