Two Phase AC Servo Motor

As we have already seen servo motor in the previous article. Here we will discuss the Two-Phase and Three Phase AC Servo motor. The stator of the Two-Phase AC Servo Motor has the two distributed windings which are displaced from each other by 90 degrees electrical. One winding is known as a Reference or Fixed Phase, which is supplied from a constant voltage source. The other one is known as Control Phase, and it is provided with a variable voltage.

The connection diagram of the two Phase AC Servo motor is shown below:


The control phase is usually supplied from a servo amplifier. The speed and torque of the rotor are controlled by the phase difference between the control voltage and the reference phase voltage. By reversing the phase difference from leading to lagging or vice versa, the direction of the rotation of the rotor can be reversed.

The torque-speed characteristic of the two-phase AC servomotor is shown in the figure below:


The negative slope represents a high rotor resistance and provides the motor with positive damping for better stability. The curve is linear for almost various control voltages. The response of the motor to a light control signal is improved by reducing the weight and inertia of the motor in a design known as the Drag Cup Servo motor as shown in the figure below.

Two Phase AC Servo Motor fig 3

The rotor of the Drag cup servo motor is made of a thin cup of non-magnetic conducting material. A stationary iron core is placed in the middle of the conducting cup. This arrangement completes the magnetic circuit. As the rotor of the motor is made of thin material, its resistance will be high, which results in a high starting torque.

Three Phase AC Servo motors

Three-phase induction motors with voltage control are used as servo motors for applications in the high power servo systems. A three-phase squirrel cage induction motor is a highly nonlinear coupled circuit device. It is used as a linear decoupled machine by using a control method known as a Vector Control or Field Oriented Control.

The current in this type of machine is controlled in such a way that the torque and flux are decoupled. The decoupling results in high speed and high torque response.

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