June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
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An Inexpensive Hands-on Introduction to DC MotorsDC motors are an important curricular component in most freshman and sophomore introductionto mechanical engineering (ME) courses. In order to facilitate a hands on introduction to DCmotors, an inexpensive DC motor experiment has been developed that gives students anopportunity to build a permanent magnet DC motor from common office items (erasers,paperclips, pencils, rubber bands, etc.) along with a few inexpensive components such as acylindrical tube (such as a film canister) and a pair of magnets. The novelty of the presented DCmotor experiment is that it incorporates all aspects of a typical DC motor including, acommutator and brushes. In this paper, the experiment is presented, along with step-by-stepinstructions on how to build the DC motor. This is followed by preliminary results from smallgroups of sophomore students who were asked to take part in this exercise.
Clayton, G. M., & Stein, R. A. (2011, June), An Inexpensive Hands-on Introduction to Permanent Magnet Direct Current Motors Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17458
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