# Synchronous Speed of Electrical Motors

## The speed at which an induction motor will operate depends on the input power frequency and the number of electrical magnetic poles in the motor

The synchronous speed for an electric induction motor is determined by the power supply frequency and the number of poles in the motor winding and can be expressed as:

n = f (2 / p) 60                (1)

where

n = shaft rotation speed (rev/min, rpm)

f = frequency (Hz, cycles/sec, 1/s)

p = number of poles

### Example - Speed of Electric Motor with Two Poles

A motor with two poles is supplied with power with frequency 50 Hz (1/s). The rotation speed can be calculated as

n =  (50 1/s) (2 / 2) (60 s/min)

= 3000 rpm (1/min)

### Synchronous rotation speed at different frequencies and number of poles

Shaft rotation speed - n - (rev/min, rpm)
Frequency
- f -
(Hz)
Number of poles - p -
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10 600 300 200 150 120 100
20 1200 600 400 300 240 200
30 1800 900 600 450 360 300
40 2400 1200 800 600 480 400
501) 3000 1500 1000 750 600 500
602) 3600 1800 1200 900 720 600
70 4200 2100 1400 1050 840 700
80 4800 2400 1600 1200 960 800
90 5400 2700 1800 1350 1080 900
100 6000 3000 2000 1500 1200 1000
1. Motors designed for 50 Hz are most common outside U.S
2. Motors designed for 60 Hz are most common in U.S

### Variable Frequency Drive

A variable frequency drive modulates the speed of an electrical motor by changing the frequency of the motor power supply.

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