Electrical Machines  Basic vocational knowledge (Institut für Berufliche Entwicklung, 144 p.) 
5. Asynchronous motors 
5.3. Operational behaviour 

Speed behaviour depending on the torque
Operating an asynchronous motor presupposes a certain speed for a given torque. This ratio is given for any one motor.
Figure 55  Rotational behaviour of
an asynchronous motor in dependence on the torque
1 Speed, 2 Torque, 3 Rated speed n_{n}, 4 Starting torque M_{a}, 5 Rated torque M_{n}, 6 Breakdown torque M_{k}The initial torque M_{a} is the torque yielded by the motor in noload operation. The breakdown torque M_{k}, is the greatest possible motor torque. If this torque is exceeded, the motor comes to a standstill.
The torque at rated load M_{n} is the motor torque yielded during rated load and rated speed.
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M_{n} = torque at rated load
P_{n} = rated power in kW
n = rated speed in rpm.
Every asynchronous motor must be able to accept at least a 160 per cent rated torque for short load spells without motor breakdowns, that is to say the rotor stops. The speed does not vary greatly given considerable load variations.
Operating characteristics of an asynchronous motor
The various motor data about the yielded torque are cited in order to provide an overview of the behaviour of the asynchronous motor between noload and rated load operation.
This figure indicates the operational curves of an asynchronous motor by means of the following data:
P_{n} = 4 kW, U = 380 V, I_{n} = 8.8A, n = 1.430 rpm.
cos j_{n} = 0.83
Figure 56  Operating curves of a 4
kW squirrel cage motor (380 V; 8.8 A; cos j =
0.83)
1 Current in amperes
2 Power in kilowatts
3 Power curve
4 Current curve
5 Nominal powerWhere asynchronous motors are driven at subload, efficiency and the power factor assume lesser values.
Therefore, asynchronous motors should not be overdimensioned or run in noload operation.