Electric Motors and Drives - 5th Edition - ISBN: 9780081026151

Electric Motors and Drives

5th Edition

Fundamentals, Types and Applications

Authors: Austin Hughes William Drury
Paperback ISBN: 9780081026151
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 15th July 2019
Page Count: 516
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Electric Motors and Drives: Fundamentals, Types and Applications, Fifth Edition is intended for non-specialist users of electric motors and drives, filling the gap between mathematics and theory-based academic textbooks and more prosaic 'handbooks' which provide useful detail, but little opportunity for the development of true insights and understanding. The book explores all of the widely-used modern types of motor and drives, including conventional and brushless D.C. and induction motors and servo drives, providing readers with the knowledge to select the right technology for a given job. This new 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.

Key Features

  • Helps users acquire knowledge and understanding of the capabilities and limitations of motors and drives without struggling through unnecessary math and theory
  • Presents updated material on the latest and most widely-used motors and drives, including brushless servo motors
  • Includes additional diagrams and worked examples throughout this updated edition


Electrical and mechanical engineers and technicians requiring a working knowledge of motors and drives (but not a mathematical or academic level of knowledge), Students of electrical and mechanical engineering seeking an accessible introduction

Table of Contents

1. Electric motors – the basics
2. Introduction to power electronic converters for motor drives
3. Conventional D.C. Motors
4. D.C. Motor drives
5. Induction motors rotating field, slip and torque
6. Induction motor – operation from 50/60 hz supply
7. Variable frequency operation of induction motors
8. Field oriented control of induction motors
9. Synchronous, permanent magnet and reluctance motors and drives
10. Stepping and switched reluctance motors
11. Motor/drive selection


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About the Author

Austin Hughes

Austin Hughes was a long-time member of the innovative motors and drives research team at the University of Leeds, UK, and has established a reputation for an informal style that opens up complex subjects to a wide readership, including students and managers as well as technicians and engineers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Leeds, UK

William Drury

Bill Drury is an independent consultant in power electronics, electrical machines and drives (PEMD). He has 45 years industrial PEMD experience - Siemens, Rolls-Royce and for 20 years Technical Director of Control Techniques. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He is a Visiting Professor of Innovation at Bristol University and a Visiting Professor at Newcastle University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Independent Consultant in Power Electronics

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