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Electric Motors and Drives: Fundamentals, Types and Applications Paperback – Dec 23 2005

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Good overview of motor fundamentals, short on circuits Dec 3 2008
By Jason R. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a brushless dc drive engineer and I originally purchased this book looking for some deep insight into the inner workings of motor physics and the nuances of circuit operations... and of course, at the right price. This is the wrong book for my purpose, but it was worth a shot for the price, and I now have a decent book for an overview of different motor characteristics.

This book goes over each type of motor, proper applications for each type of motor, and the general methods used to drive them. As the other reviews state, there isn't a lot of math involved, however, the concepts are clearly presented from a system perspective.

If you are a systems or manufacturing engineer trying to find the right type of motor to suite an application, this book is for you. If you are a circuit-level engineer looking to maximize efficiency with waveforms while using economical design techniques, this book is not for you. I would give a recommendation, but I haven't found that book yet.

Good luck,

- J
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Electric Motors And Drives July 10 2007
By FEA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It would be difficult to overstate how really good this book is. If you work with motors or want to know more about how electric motors work, BUY THIS BOOK. There is just enough math to make the explanations understandable without getting swamped (for an in-depth mathematical treatment, see Electric Machinery and Transformers (The Oxford Series in Electrical and Computer Engineering)).

I especially found the chapters on the fundamentals of motor magnetics (Chapter 1), DC motors (Chapter 3), and induction motors (Chapter 5) the most enlightening because they clearly explain why/how motors work. These chapters only make the book well worth it's price.

I would like to have seen a few example circuit schematics for a dc and/or an ac drive but these are probably topics better left for another book.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Excellent material, highly readable, thoroughly enjoyable Sept. 4 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The best book I have read on motors and drives. The narrative explains the concepts clearly, and the mathematics is basic and focused on the important points.

I have been interested in electric automobiles and this book provides an excellent foundation on basic motors and the power drive systems.

I highly recommend this book. Well worth the investment. Top notch for anyone's library.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Clear Explanation of Motor Operations June 19 2007
By Roger Alford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I own several books on motors and drives, and have worked with industrial robots and their motor controls/feedback for several years. This book is the best resource I have found to clearly explain motor concepts, including the operation of the different types of motors, and the considerations surrounding the design of the drive electronics. Highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good middle ground between approachable and technical... Nov. 22 2009
By Lloyd Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this book for anybody wanting a better understanding of the relationship between Electric Motors and Control Software...although I do wish the book spent a bit more time on Switched Reluctance Motors.