What Is a Homopolar Motor Used For?

by Susan Presley

Homopolar motors are also called unipolar motors. These non-communicating electric motors use both alternating and direct current, and process energy that travels in one direction at all times.

Plating

The most common use of homopolar motors is in generators that are installed in electroplating process plants. The generators use direct current (DC) and low voltage, but the current in the motors is high enough to operate the heavy machinery.

Turbines

Homopolar motors have been used in high-torque wind turbines. The mechanics of the motors provide a low-cost means of converting wind into electricity because of the reduced need for multidirectional gears. These motors also require less maintenance than bipolar motors.

Toys

Small engines, such as those in toy cars, can be built using homopolar motors. The spinning wheels create force, which causes the magnet to spin and create a magnetic field. This electricity flowing in one direction is used to power the engine.

About the Author

Susan Presley has worked in health care journalism since 2007, and has been published in the American Journal of Nursing and other academic periodicals. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Truman State University and a Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

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