What happens to resistance of a motor winding when current or voltage increases

Thread Starter


Joined Jun 8, 2015
Hello Guys... Hope you all doing fine...

So I was asked in an interview these question....

1. When happens to the resistance of the winding of the motor, when current or voltage is increased....

2. When happens to the Inductance of the winding of the motor, when current or voltage is increased....

Well i know that, when current increases, it causes more heating in the winding... which means R and L should remain constant... but my other friend told me that resistance decreases, and he doesnt know about inductance...

So what is it guys.... I appreciate your time...


Joined Sep 13, 2015
it all depends on what you are talking about.

The (DC) resistance from the wire is ***largely*** independent of the voltage / current - and may increase slightly as the temperature of the (copper) winding increases (usually).

The same holds true for inductance.

A motor is also a generator in that as it is driven by the current flowing through its windings, the movement itself generates a voltage in reverse of the voltage applied to the motor (back emf). What you observe is that as the motor speeds up when a constant voltage is applied to it, its current declines gradually. A perfect motor with no load attached to it will have 0 current going through its windings at equilibrium.

This may appear to the outside world as if the "resistance" of the motor has increased.

Obviously, that's just for the typical DC motors.

Thread Starter


Joined Jun 8, 2015
So for DC motors, the impedance remains constant when current increases....

But for AC motors, when freq is constant, when current increases, what happens to the impedance....

The answer is impedance remains constant or reduces slightly....


Joined Feb 19, 2010
Impedance of inductor is jwL. It is independent of current. It is independent of voltage. It depends on frequency.
When, you say, frequency is constant, then impedance is constant.

However, like others pointed out, you have friction that generates heat, and warmer conductor has lower conductivity, so the impedance can increase somewhat, I am not sure the increase is significant enough.


Joined Nov 30, 2010
AC doesn't magically change the resistance of copper wire and neither does DC. Heat changes the resistance.
Neither AC or DC change the inductance of a coil.

The basic answer to your first post is, "nothing happens". You have to get microscopically picky to find the changes. There is no practical difference in the resistance or inductance of the windings when you apply more voltage.


Joined Mar 14, 2008
The only change in motor resistance would be an increase from IR heating of the wire.
The only change in inductance would be if the voltage gets high enough to saturate the magnetics, which would cause a reduction in the inductance.

Dale West

Joined Oct 13, 2018
I rarely comment but I had to jump in.

The Impedance does NOT stay the same, resistance stays the same.

You cannot avoid the fact that when you have a magnetic field cross a conductor, you induce an EMF.
So, when the rotor or armature passes a field coil an EMF is induced, this EMF is the Back EMF.

With a induced Back EMF opposing the original EMF, there is a resultant EMF. i.e. 200V in and 150V as a Back EMF, the resultant voltage is just 50V

Ohms law tells us that the current from 50V divided by the resistance in the windings will be less than the current from 200V in the winding.

The Back EMF along with the Inductive Reactance with the Resistance makes up the total opposition to current flow, hence Impedance.

That is why the current reduces.