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How Magnetic Fields in a Split-Phase Motor Work


Son of Samurai

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Ever wanted an in-depth explanation of how a split-phase motor gets going from a dead stop? Sure, most of us have a passing knowledge of what's going on. But do you really know what's happening on the electromagnetic level? What is this special "split-phase", anyway, and how do we quantify the way the magnetic fields interact?

These are exactly the questions we answer in this excerpt from one of our many full-length technical webinar recordings. Don't worry, we're not getting into any of the complicated math here. But we will introduce you to some useful concepts for visualizing how these fields work, like sine waves and phasors. If you really want to understand what's going on with these motors that we work on every day, watch this video right now.

Want to watch the full webinar recording and learn how the PSC (Permanent Split Capacitor) motors used in Whirlpool's VM washers differ from these standard split-phase motors? Click below -- viewable only by premium members.

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