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Cool Facts About Cooling Electric Motors: Improvements in Applications That Fall Outside the Normal Operating Conditions

IEEE Industry Applications
Publication date: 
November 2015
Chuck Yung, EASA Senior Technical Support Specialist

The evolution of electric motor design as it pertains to cooling methods provides insights about better ways to cool machines in service. The array of methods engineers have devised to solve the same problems are fascinating yet reassuring because many things remain unchanged even after a century of progress. This article discusses how motors are cooled and how heat dissipation can be improved for applications that fall outside the normal operating conditions defined by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Standard MG 1