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Please note that any addenda or errata may not be included in translated editions of this standard.

This standard covers the minimum requirements for special purpose form-wound squirrel cage induction motors 375 kW (500 hp) and larger for use in petroleum, chemical, and other industry applications. This standard can also be used for induction generators by substituting "generator" for "motor" where applicable.

Notes following a paragraph in Sections 1 through 8 are informational only and are not enforceable as part of this standard.

NOTE A special purpose machine typically has one or more of the following characteristics:

1) is in an application for which the equipment is designed for uninterrupted, continuous operation in critical service, and for which there is usually no installed spare equipment;
2) is larger than 2250 kW (3000 hp) for speeds 1800 rpm and below;
3) is rated 600 kW (800 hp) or greater for two pole (3000 rpm or 3600 rpm) machines of totally enclosed construction, or rated 930 kW (1250 hp) or greater for two pole machines of open or guarded construction (including machines with WP-I or WP-II type enclosures);
4) drives a high-inertia load (in excess of the load Wk2 listed in NEMA MG 1, Part 20);
5) uses an adjustable speed drive (ASD) as a source of power;
6) is an induction generator;
7) is a vertical machine rated 375 kW (500 hp) or greater; or
8) operates in abnormally hostile environments.

This standard requires the purchaser to specify details and features. The purchaser shall complete the datasheets in Annex A.

NOTE Guidance for completion of the datasheets is provided in Annex C.

Document History

  1. API Std 541


    Form-wound Squirrel-Cage Induction Motors-500 Horsepower and Larger, Fifth Edition

    • Most Recent
  2. API Std 541

    Form-wound Squirrel-Cage Induction Motors-500 Horsepower and Larger

    • Historical Version
  3. API 541

    Form-Wound Squirrel Cage Induction Motors--250 Horsepower and Larger

    • Historical Version