Centrifugal Cutout Switch

A centrifugally operated automatic mechanism used in conjunction with split phase and other types of single-phase induction motors.

The switch disconnects the starting winding when the rotor has reached a predetermined speed and reconnects it when the motor speed falls below it. Without this the starting winding would be susceptible to rapid overheating and subsequent burnout.

See also: Electric Motors, Switch.

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Subjects: Electronics