Construction of DC Motor (Parts & Images)

A DC motor is a device that converts direct current electrical energy to mechanical energy (learn about a DC motor’s working principle).

A DC motor is constructed with:

A stator is the static part of the DC machine that houses the field windings and receives the supply. A rotor is the rotating part of the DC machine that brings about the mechanical rotations.

All these parts put together make up the total construction of a DC motor.

DC Motor Parts

If you would prefer a video explanation, here is a video on the construction of DC machines:

Yoke of DC Motor

The magnetic frame or the yoke of DC motor made up of cast iron or steel and forms an integral part of the stator or the static part of the motor.

frame yoke

Its main function is to form a protective covering over the sophisticated inner parts of the motor and provide support to the armature. It also supports the field system by housing the magnetic poles and field winding of the DC motor.

pole of dc machine

Poles of DC Motor

The magnetic poles of DC motor are structures fitted onto the inner wall of the yoke with screws. The construction of magnetic poles basically comprises of two parts. Namely, the pole core and the pole shoe stacked together under hydraulic pressure and then attached to the yoke. These two structures are assigned for different purposes, the pole core is of small cross-sectional area and its function is to just hold the pole shoe over the yoke, whereas the pole shoe having a relatively larger cross-sectional area spreads the flux produced over the air gap between the stator and rotor to reduce the loss due to reluctance. The pole shoe also carries slots for the field windings that produce the field flux.

Field Winding of DC Motor

field winding of dc machine


The field winding of DC motor are made with field coils (copper wire) wound over the slots of the pole shoes in such a manner that when field current flows through it, then adjacent poles have opposite polarity are produced. The field winding basically form an electromagnet, that produces field flux within which the rotor armature of the DC motor rotates, and results in the effective flux cutting.

Armature Winding of DC Motor

armature winding


The armature winding of DC motor is attached to the rotor, or the rotating part of the machine, and as a result is subjected to altering magnetic field in the path of its rotation which directly results in magnetic losses. For this reason the rotor is made of armature core, that’s made with several low-hysteresis silicon steel lamination, to reduce the magnetic losses like hysteresis and eddy current loss respectively. These laminated steel sheets are stacked together to form the cylindrical structure of the armature core.

The armature core are provided with slots made of the same material as the core to which the armature winding made with several turns of copper wire distributed uniformly over the entire periphery of the core. The slot openings a shut with fibrous wedges to prevent the conductor from plying out due to the high centrifugal force produced during the rotation of the armature, in presence of supply current and field.

armature winding of dc mach

The construction of armature winding of DC motor can be of two types:-

Lap Winding

In this case the number of parallel paths between conductors A is equal to the number of poles P.
i.e A = P
***An easy way of remembering it is by remembering the word LAP—–→ L A = P

Wave Winding

Here in this case, the number of parallel paths between conductors A is always equal to 2 irrespective of the number of poles. Hence the machine designs are made accordingly.

Commutator of DC Motor

commutator brush


The commutator of DC motor is a cylindrical structure made up of copper segments stacked together, but insulated from each other by mica. Its main function as far as the DC motor is concerned is to commute or relay the supply current from the mains to the armature winding housed over a rotating structure through the brushes of DC motor.

Brushes of DC Motor

The brushes of DC motor are made with carbon or graphite structures, making sliding contact over the rotating commutator. The brushes are used to relay the current from external circuit to the rotating commutator form where it flows into the armature winding. So, the commutator and brush unit of the DC motor is concerned with transmitting the power from the static electrical circuit to the mechanically rotating region or the rotor.

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