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Electric Motors and Drives: Fundamentals, Types and Applications [Paperback]

Austin Hughes
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14 Dec 2005
"Electric Motors and Drives" is intended for non-specialist users of electric motors and drives, filling the gap between maths- and theory-based academic textbooks and the more prosaic 'handbooks', which provide useful detail but little opportunity for the development of real insight and understanding. The book explores all of the widely-used modern types of motor and drive, including conventional and brushless D.C., induction motors and servo drives, providing readers with the knowledge to select the right technology for a given job. The third edition includes additional diagrams and worked examples throughout. New topics include digital interfacing and control of drives, direct torque control of induction motors and current-fed operation in DC drives. The material on brushless servomotors has also been expanded. Austin Hughes' approach, using a minimum of maths, has established Electric Motors and Drives as a leading guide for electrical engineers and mechanical engineers, and the key to a complex subject for a wider readership, including technicians, managers and students. The key features are: acquire knowledge of and understanding of the capabilities and limitations of motors and drives without struggling through unnecessary maths and theory; updated material on the latest and most widely-used modern motors and drives, including brushless servomotors; and new edition includes additional diagrams and worked examples throughout.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Newnes (an imprint of Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd ); 3rd Revised edition edition (14 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750647183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750647182
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,386 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, Innovatia.com "The coverage of drive types and behaviors is thorough and up to date." --Electrical Apparatus, May 2006

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By aravis
I came to this book whilst looking for a systems approach to implementing a brushless DC motor drive model in MATLAB/Simulink. The first step being the basics of motor operation. As such I wanted to avoid an overly complex mathematical discussion of motor physics, especially field theory, yet with enough detail to gain an intuitive feel for what the design trade-offs were.

Austin Hughes gives the strong impression of someone who has struggled with understanding the basics of motors and he explains these essentials with care and clarity.

The book is well structured, giving an excellent review of motor/drives basics; the focus is on developing a usable grasp of the key issues. The author is happy to repeat major points so as to build understanding. Each chapter ends with review questions with numerical answers at the end of the book. Web based full solutions of these questions are also available.

This book has done more to improve my understanding of the design/operation of motors than any other source on the subject.

It represents excellent value, considering the books modest pricing compared to some works in the field, and so deserves a place on the desk of anyone wanting to control motors in the real world.

A useful companion book, which is a thorough readable primer on the architectural side of motor systems, is W Bolton: Mechatronics: ISBN-10: 0132407639.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not clever but lucid 6 Dec 2008
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This book is brilliant. It isn't stylish, it's not lavishly illustrated, it isn't even a riveting read. It is, however, plain old fashioned lucid. Hughes is or was an academic, and if he lectured as well as he writes, his students understand electric motors.

He also speaks with authority. The diagrams are small, mostly simple black-and-white drawings, but they fit in with the text,

It isn't for everyone though. You'll want at least 'A' level physics to understand it and (despite his protestations) it is fairly mathematical.
By far the best book I've read in this subject area for a while
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I bought this book to help me translate patents that included passing references to electric motors, since my knowledge of electric motors is very limited. The author's preface says "this book is intended primarily for non-specialist users and students of electric motors and drives. My original aim was to bridge the gap between specialist textbooks ... and the more prosaic 'handbooks', which are full of useful detail but provide little opportunity for the development of any real insight".

Although the book is very readable, so far I have not found it very easy to get the information I wanted out of this book. I can see that electric motors are more intricate than I carelessly thought, but also the author's friendly style perhaps hides a tendency to chat rather than set out his material in a systematic way. One sign of a lack of systematicity is when an author uses difficult words well before he defines them, and his definitions, when he gets round to defining, are loosely worded. Hughes uses the word "armature" on p. 82 paragraph -2 more than once in such a friendly way that we feel that if we thought for a moment we would remember what an armature was, but he does not tell us what an armature is until p. 86 line 2, and even here he is not very careful in his description and there is no label on the picture. Similarly he uses "drive" throughout the book (it's even in the title), and it is such an ordinary-looking word that it can be some time before one identifies a growing alarm that one has no idea at all what the author means by "drive", a word which has many different meanings in engineering and computing. Is this one of those meanings or something completely different? And what is a drive for? Hughes appears to be about to tell us on p.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Electric Motors and Drives 12 Mar 2009
Good comprehensive explanation of different types of motors and drives in laymans language. DC motors particularly good as few books cover this. Reasonable price and good value. Recommended for students and practical enthusiasts.
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