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A single horse power muscle machine.
It's OK but the exhaust emmissions!!!!
Very true .... but it mostly gets walked off ;-D
All answers totally true, You can also get a long way by looking at similar projects and learning from them. If I tell you I built an electric car with a motor drawing 20 amps at 24 volts and that car could get to 30 MPH on a flat road then you have a pretty good marker that 500 watts will get you 30 MPH if you car performes as well as mine.
Surely you have to know the load, before you can select the motor !
OF Course ... that is how one comes up with a Speed / Torque to match.
Knowing the Load is the Zero "you understood" step !
Given today's induction motors one can reasonably design a speed torque curve by changing deep bar rotor dimensions.
You choose a motor for a job by horsepower, environment, and cost.
Feet pound seconds
How many feet, times how many pounds, times how many seconds equals foot pound seconds.
550 foot pound seconds ft*lb*s = 1 horse power
1 horse power = 746 watts
Watts = amps times volts = P = A*V
Then power supply AC or DC, size, and cost.
Lets face it weight size and added circuitry effects efficacy.
Take the AC DC motor in a power tool it is 1/4 the size and weight of an induction motor the same power, easier to pick up.
So why have Induction motors, they were first called explosion proof motors, without brushes there is no ark to touch off leaking gas. Also brushless motors need fewer repairs making them cheaper to maintain.
Cost is a factor why pay $100 for a motor when a $20 motor will do the same job.
Sorry I did horsepower wrong.
feet times pounds divided by seconds
start by defining the load, what inertia does it possess ? How fast do you want to accelerate it
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