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Cool facts about cooling electric motors

Publication date: 
July 2011
Chuck Yung, EASA Senior Technical Support Specialist

Whether an old or new design, lowering temperatures is based on the same principles. I've often commented on how fortunate we are to work on such a variety of electric motor designs. One day, you are working on a new design some designer has recently created, and the next day you are repairing a motor that could be in a museum. It's fascinating to see the different ways engineers have devised to do the same thing, and yet reassuring to see how many things remain unchanged even after a century of electric motors. One aspect of electric motors that could be placed in both categories is the way an electric motor is cooled. This article takes a look at how motors are cooled and how we can improve cooling for some of the special applications we encounter.