A simple handmade motor is a commonly used teaching aid for explaining the theory of the DC motor in science classes around the world. Kits that can be used by children to craft a simple motor are commercially available, and videos of assembling these motors are easily found on the internet. Although the design of this motor is simple, it is unipolar, meaning that the rotor consists of a single dipole. Thus, the Lorentz force acts only on one side of the coil per revolution. This decreases the energy conversion efficiency and requires the learners to turn the rotor using their hands in order to initiate rotation.
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PAPERS| May 01 2017
Development of a New Method for Assembling a Bipolar DC Motor as a Teaching Material
Phys. Teach. 55, 293–297 (2017)
Yuki Matsumoto, Kei Sakaki, Mamoru Sakaki; Development of a New Method for Assembling a Bipolar DC Motor as a Teaching Material. Phys. Teach. 1 May 2017; 55 (5): 293–297. https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4981037
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