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Electric Motors and Drives: Fundamentals, Types and Applications Paperback – Jan 6 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Newnes; 3 edition (Jan. 6 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750647183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750647182
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #475,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This book is very readable, up-to-date and should be extremely useful to both users and o.e.m. designers. I unhesitatingly recommend it to any busy engineer who needs to make informed judgments about selecting the right drive system.”
― Drives and Controls

“A very useful reference book for anyone wanting a comprehensive understanding of motors and drives ... I have not seen another book which covers this wide subject more comprehensively and in such an easy-to-read style.”
― Silicon Chip, May 2006

“I would regard this book as a light but broad coverage of many motor and drive concepts that have been around a long time.”
― Dennis Feucht,

“The coverage of drive types and behaviors is thorough and up to date.”
― Electrical Apparatus, May 2006

Book Description

Understand the capabilities and limitations of motors and drives with this practical guide for students and professionals

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was a very informative book on motors, until a Russian co-worker stole it from me.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9978c654) out of 5 stars 29 reviews
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9965dde0) out of 5 stars Good overview of motor fundamentals, short on circuits Dec 3 2008
By Jason R. Jones - Published on
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
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9965de04) out of 5 stars Electric Motors And Drives July 10 2007
By FEA - Published on
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.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99660e7c) out of 5 stars Excellent material, highly readable, thoroughly enjoyable Sept. 4 2006
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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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99661294) out of 5 stars Clear Explanation of Motor Operations June 19 2007
By Roger Alford - Published on
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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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99669cb4) out of 5 stars Best available for understanding motors, enjoyable read Sept. 2 2009
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Part of the consequences of "increased productivity" or "layoffs" is getting new job assignments in fields you've never worked in before. From purely mechanical I had to learn motion control overnight and get the job done yesterday. This book is fantastic for the transition!! The author is the best I've read for describing what is important in detail. If you are like me and forget the last paragraph you read, you will enjoy this book because you WON'T forget the last paragraph...I have spent a lot of money recently, aquiring books that will help me negotiate my learning curve fast. This book is a must have for me.