Fan Drive Types

Fan drives can be reduced to two basic types: indirect drives (belt drives) and direct drives. Both types have strengths and weaknesses that should be considered carefully during selection. For a summary of the differences between direct and indirect drives, see Table C in the Appendix. Indirect (Belt) Drives Indirect drives, or belt drives, are …

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Fan Drives

Fans are typically driven by alternating current (AC) motors. In industrial fan applications, the most common motor type is the squirrel-cage induction motor. This motor type is commonly used because of its characteristic durability, low cost, reliability, and low maintenance. These motors usually have 2 or 4 poles, which, on a 60- hertz system, translate …

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