What are the types of single-phase induction motors? Difference between single phase induction motor and 3 phase induction motor is 3 phase induction motor is self starting as it works on rotating magnetic field.

In single phase induction motor there is double revolving field (to field revolving in opposite directions) hence net torque in each cycle is zero and single phase induction motor cannot start on its own. Types of single phase induction motor:

- Split phase induction motor
- Capacitor start induction motor
- Capacitor start capacitor run induction motor
- Shaded pole induction motor

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# Types of Single Phase Induction Motor

The single phase induction motors are made self starting by providing an additional flux by some additional means. Now depending upon these additional means the types of single phase induction motor are:

**Split phase induction motor**.**Capacitor start inductor motor**.**Capacitor start capacitor run induction motor (two value capacitor method)**.**Permanent split capacitor (PSC) motor**.**Shaded pole induction motor**.

## Split Phase Induction Motor

In addition to the main winding or running winding, the stator of single phase induction motor carries another winding called auxiliary winding or starting winding. A centrifugal switch is connected in series with auxiliary winding.

The purpose of this switch is to disconnect the auxiliary winding from the main circuit when the motor attains a speed up to 75 to 80% of the synchronous speed.

We know that the running winding is inductive in nature. Our aim is to create the phase difference between the two winding and this is possible if the starting winding carries high resistance. Let us say

- I
_{run}is the current flowing through the main or running winding, - I
_{start}is the current flowing in starting winding, and - V
_{T}is the supply voltage.

We know that for highly resistive winding the current is almost in phase with the voltage and for highly inductive winding the current lag behind the voltage by large angle.

The starting winding is highly resistive so, the current flowing in the starting winding lags behind the applied voltage by very small angle and the running winding is highly inductive in nature so, the current flowing in running winding lags behind applied voltage by large angle.

The resultant of these two current is I_{T}. The resultant of these two current produce rotating magnetic field which rotates in one direction. In **split phase induction motor** the starting and main current get splitted from each other by some angle so this motor got its name as split phase induction motor.

### Applications of Split Phase Induction Motor

Split phase induction motors have low starting current and moderate starting torque. So these motors are used in fans, blowers, centrifugal pumps, washing machine, grinder, lathes, air conditioning fans, etc. These motors are available in the size ranging from 1/20 to 1/2 KW.

## Capacitor Start IM and Capacitor Start Capacitor Run IM

The working principle and construction of Capacitor start inductor motors and capacitor start capacitor run induction motors are almost the same. We already know that single phase induction motor is not self starting because the magnetic field produced is not rotating type.

In order to produce rotating magnetic field there must be some phase difference. In case of split phase induction motor we use resistance for creating phase difference but here we use capacitor for this purpose. We are familiar with this fact that the current flowing through the capacitor leads the voltage.

So, in **capacitor start inductor motor** and **capacitor start capacitor run induction motor** we are using two winding, the main winding and the starting winding. With starting winding we connect a capacitor so the current flowing in the capacitor i.e I_{st} leads the applied voltage by some angle, φ_{st}.

The running winding is inductive in nature so, the current flowing in running winding lags behind applied voltage by an angle, φ_{m}. Now there occur large phase angle differences between these two currents which produce an resultant current, I and this will produce a rotating magnetic field.

Since the torque produced by these motors depends upon the phase angle difference, which is almost 90^{o}. So, these motors produce very high starting torque.

In case of **capacitor start induction motor**, the centrifugal switch is provided so as to disconnect the starting winding when the motor attains a speed up to 75 to 80% of the synchronous speed but in case of **capacitor start capacitors run induction motor** there is no centrifugal switch so, the >capacitor remains in the circuit and helps to improve the power factor and the running conditions of single phase induction motor.

### Application of Capacitor Start IM and Capacitor Start Capacitor Run IM

These motors have high starting torque hence they are used in conveyors, grinder, air conditioners, compressor, etc. They are available up to 6 KW.

### Permanent Split Capacitor (PSC) Motor

It has a cage rotor and stator. Stator has two windings – main and auxiliary winding. It has only one capacitor in series with starting winding. It has no starting switch.

**Advantages and Applications**

No centrifugal switch is needed. It has higher efficiency and pull out torque. It finds applications in fans and blowers in heaters and air conditioners. It is also used to drive office machinery.

## Shaded Pole Single Phase Induction Motors

The stator of the **shaded pole single phase induction motor** has salient or projected poles. These poles are shaded by copper band or ring which is inductive in nature. The poles are divided into two unequal halves. The smaller portion carries the copper band and is called as shaded portion of the pole.

**ACTION:** When a single phase supply is given to the stator of shaded pole induction motor an alternating flux is produced. This change of flux induces emf in the shaded coil. Since this shaded portion is short circuited, the current is produced in it in such a direction to oppose the main flux.

The flux in shaded pole lags behind the flux in the unshaded pole. The phase difference between these two fluxes produces resultant rotating flux. We know that the stator winding current is alternating in nature and so is the flux produced by the stator current. In order to clearly understand the working of shaded pole induction motor consider three regions:

- When the flux changes its value from zero to nearly maximum positive value.
- When the flux remains almost constant at its maximum value.
- When the flux decreases from maximum positive value to zero.

**REGION 1:**

When the flux changes its value from zero to nearly maximum positive value – In this region the rate of rise of flux and hence current is very high. According to Faraday’s law whenever there is change in flux emf gets induced.

Since the copper band is short circuit the current starts flowing in the copper band due to this induced emf. This current in copper band produces its own flux. Now according to Lenz’s law the direction of this current in copper band is such that it opposes its own cause i.e rise in current.

So the shaded ring flux opposes the main flux, which leads to the crowding of flux in non shaded part of stator and the flux weaken in shaded part. This non uniform distribution of flux causes magnetic axis to shift in the middle of the non shaded part.

**REGION 2:**

When the flux remains almost constant at its maximum value- In this region the rate of rise of current and hence flux remains almost constant. Hence there is very little induced emf in the shaded portion.

The flux produced by this induced emf has no effect on the main flux and hence distribution of flux remains uniform and the magnetic axis lies at the center of the pole.

**REGION 3:**

When the flux decreases from maximum positive value to zero – In this region the rate of decrease in the flux and hence current is very high. According to Faraday’s law whenever there is change in flux emf gets induced.

Since the copper band is short circuit the current starts flowing in the copper band due to this induced emf. This current in copper band produces its own flux. Now according to Lenz’s law the direction of the current in copper band is such that it opposes its own cause i.e decrease in current.

So the shaded ring flux aids the main flux, which leads to the crowding of flux in shaded part of stator and the flux weaken in non shaded part. This non uniform distribution of flux causes magnetic axis to shift in the middle of the shaded part of the pole.

This shifting of magnetic axis continues for negative cycle also and leads to the production of rotating magnetic field. The direction of this field is from non shaded part of the pole to the shaded part of the pole.

### Advantages and Disadvantages of Shaded Pole Motor

The advantages of shaded pole induction motor are:

- Very economical and reliable.
- Construction is simple and robust because there is no centrifugal switch.

The disadvantages of shaded pole induction motor are:

- Low power factor.
- The starting torque is very poor.
- The efficiency is very low as, the copper losses are high due to presence of copper band.
- The speed reversal is also difficult and expensive as it requires another set of copper rings.

### Applications of Shaded Pole Motor

Applications of Shaded pole motors induction motor are:

Due to their low starting torques and reasonable cost these motors are mostly employed in small instruments, hair dryers, toys, record players, small fans, electric clocks etc. These motors are usually available in a range of 1/300 to 1/20 KW.

### Types of Single Phase Induction Motor Conclusion

After going through the above portion of types of single phase induction motor we can now establish each types of single phase induction motor application. I hope you enjoy when reading this article, thank you.