‘Squirrel Cage’ Electrical Motors

  • Malcolm R. Hill
  • Richard McKay
Part of the Studies in Soviet History and Society book series (SSHS)


This chapter is an account of research carried out on the quality levels of 3-phase Asynchronous AC Induction Motors, having rotors of a ‘squirrel cage’ construction. These products were selected for study because the present authors considered it to be important to assess the quality of Soviet design and manufacture in the field of electrical technology. Electrical motors are typical examples of products using widely-diffused and standardised electro-mechanical technologies, and squirrel cage motors in their turn are the most widely used type of electrical motor in industry.1


Electrical Motor Motor Type Asynchronous Motor Free Operation Mean Time Between Failure 
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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    F. T. Bartho in Industrial Electrical Motors and Control Gear (London: Macdonald & Co., 1965) Ch. 2 claims that ‘the general-purpose squirrel-cage will probably meet about 85 per cent of industrial motor application requirements’.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    See Wall, T. F., 3 Phase Motors (London: George Newnes, 1952) pp. 25–29 andGoogle Scholar
  3. Libby, C. C., Motor Selection and Application, (McGraw Hill; 1960).Google Scholar
  4. 3.
    See Bartho (1965), pp. 48–57.Google Scholar
  5. 4.
    BS 4999 in the UK, and GOST 183–74 in the USSR. See Table A. 13 for a full list of requirements.Google Scholar
  6. 5.
    GOST 5.618–73.Google Scholar
  7. 6.
    Climatic Application Y and Article Category 3.Google Scholar
  8. 7.
    See the general Soviet state standard on ‘Application for Different Climatic Regions’.Google Scholar
  9. 8.
    See GOST 10799–77.Google Scholar
  10. 9.
    Ermolin, N. P. and Zherikhim, I. P., Nadezhnost’ Elektricheskikh Mashin (Moscow: Energiya, 1976) p. 118.Google Scholar
  11. 10.
    Cooper, J. M.; ‘Ts there a Technological gap between East and West?’, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham, 1984. (Prepared for a Conference on ‘The East-West Economic Relationship in a Changing World Economy’, Canadian Institute of International Affairs, Toronto, 1984.)Google Scholar
  12. 11.
    Ermolin and Zherikhim (1976), p. 151.Google Scholar

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© Malcolm R. Hill and Richard McKay 1988

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  • Richard McKay

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