Armature Winding of A DC Machine [ Lap & Wave Winding ]

Armature Winding Of A DC Machine

Based on type of winding connections we classified armature winding of a dc machine into two types.These winding connections are same for DC generator & DC motor.

Types of Windings in DC Machine,

1. Lap winding.

2. Wave winding.

Lap winding of a DC Machine

In this type of winding the completing end of one coil is connected to a commutator segment and to the start end of adjacent coil located under the same pole and similarly all coils are connected. This type of winding is known as lap because the sides of successive coils overlap each other.

Armature Winding Of A DC Machine

Lap winding may be simplex (single) or multiplex (doublex or triplex) winding. In simplex lap winding the connection of the winding is that there are as many parallel paths as there are number of poles.

simplex lap winding

duplex lap winding

Whereas for duplex, the number of parallel paths are equal to twice that of the number of poles and for triplex it is thrice. For this reason, the lap winding is called multiple or parallel winding. The sole purposes of such type of windings are,

(a) To increase the number of parallel paths enabling the armature current to increase i.e., for high current output.

(b) To improve commutation as the current per conductor decreases.

Notes on Lap winding

1. The coil or back pitch YB must be approximately equal to pole pitch i.e., YB = Z/P.

2. The back pitch and front pitch are odd and are of opposite sign. They differ from each other by 2m, where m = 1,2,3 for simplex, duplex, and triplex respectively.

i.e., YB = Y± 2m

When YB > YF i.e., YF + 2m then the winding progresses from left to right and such a winding is known as progressive winding. If YB < YF i.e., YB = YF - 2m
then the winding progresses from right to left and such a winding is known as retrogressive winding. 

3. The average pitch,YAVE=YB + YF )/2.

4.Resultant pitch, YR is always even as difference between two odd numbers is even and is equal to 2m.

5.Commutator pitch, YC = m i.e., , 2, 3, 4 etc. for simplex, duplex, triplex, quadruplex etc.

6. Number of parallel paths = mP. Where, m = multiplicity.

For instance, the number of parallel paths for a 6-pole duplex lap winding is given by 6 x 2 = 12 paths.

7. The total number of poles are equal to the total number of brushes. 

8. If Ia is the total armature current, then current per parallel path is Ia /P.

9. Lap winding is used for low voltage and high current machines.

Wave winding of a DC Machine

In wave winding. the coils which are carrying current in one direction are connected in series circuit and the carrying current in opposite direction are connected in another series circuit. A wave winding is shown in figure.

Wave winding of a DC Machine

If after passing once around the armature the winding falls in a slot to the left of its starting point  then winding is said to be retrogressive. If it fails one slot to the right it is progressive.

 retrogressive Wave winding

 progressive Wave winding

Notes on Wave winding

The following are the important points to be remembered pertaining to wave winding,
1. Both pitches YB and YF are odd and of same sign.

2. Back and front pitches may be equal or differ by 2 and are merely equal to pole pitch.

3. Resultant pitch, YR = YF + YB = (Z ± 2)/2

P = Number of poles
Z = Total number of conductors.

4. Commutator pitch, YC = YA (Average pitch)

  YC =(Number of commutator bars ± 1)/(Number of pair of poles).

5. Number of parallel paths are equal to 2m,where m is the multiplicity.

6. The number of brushes required are two irrespective of the number of poles. 

7. If Ia is the total armature current then current carried by each path or conductor is Ia/2.

8. Since a wave winding is a series winding, it is used for high voltage and low current machine.

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