Electric Motors and Drives: Fundamentals, Types and Applications (3rd Edition) 3rd Edition

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“Very readable, up-to-date and 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 (review of 2e)

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Understand the capabilities and limitations of motors and drives with this practical guide for students and professionals
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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Newnes; 3rd edition (January 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750647183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750647182
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jason R. Jones on December 3, 2008
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
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By FEA on July 10, 2007
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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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roger Alford on June 19, 2007
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dagineer on September 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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lloyd Davis on November 22, 2009
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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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John R. Aker on February 11, 2010
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This book on electric motors and drives is thorough enough in its coverage but is lacking in good graphics (diagrams, curves, and drawings). I realize that the trend is to use fewer and poorer graphics to keep down publication costs, a trend which I and most engineers deplore. For us an excellent graphic is worth paragraphs of prose.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By davez on July 22, 2008
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This truly remarkable book has done much to elucidate the fundamental principles of motors and drives in the plainest terms. The focus is on DC motor and induction motor. It also covers stepper motor and synchronous motor. Its explanation of the induction motor is second to none. The mechanisms are explained clearly, not shrouded in the complex mathematical formulation. The author is enthusiastic about the subject that he is writing, a quality that I consider essential for a good book.

I was initially disappointed to find scanty discussion on brushless DC motor, but soon I realize that once I understand induction motor, synchronous motor which BLDC motor is a subclass is relatively trivial.
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