Before knowing about the differences between DC Series and Shunt Motors, let us start to know what a DC motor is. An electric motor that is powered up by direct current is termed as DC motor. In a detailed view, when a currentcarrying conductor is positioned in the area of a certain magnetic field, it gains some torque and tends to have a moment. So, this is the same principle where a DC motor also works on. A DC motor is also named depending on the type of field connection that is with the armature. So, based on this concept, DC motors are classified.
An Outline of DC Series and Shunt Motors
Mostly, DC motors are categorized as:
DC Series Motor
In this type of DC motor, field windings are in series connection with that of armature windings. The series winding will be with a comparatively greater number of turns of the copper strip which holds the capability of even high load currents when the motor comes across. In the beginning, both the windings are with minimal resistance values, and thereafter a high amount of current will be drawn thus generating highlevel torque.
The speed of this machine is mainly based on load, so when the maximum load current flows through the circuit has decreased, then the speed will be enhanced. In a few cases, the speed of the motor possibly augments to the level more than that of the specified limit. As because of this, DC series motor should not have a connection with the load through the belt.
Dc Shunt Motor
In this type of DC motor, field windings are in parallel connection with that of armature windings. The rotational speed of the motor will be up to the rated value and any modification in the load value will not impose any effect on this. The beginning value of the torque will be minimal than that of the same size as a series motor.
General Equations
The general equations of these motors are discussed below.
DC Shunt Motor
For this, the equations of power, current, and voltages are derived as below:
From the diagram, when we apply KCL (Kirchhoff’s current law) at the ‘A’ junction, then
I = I_{arm }+ I_{shunt }———This is the current equation
‘I’ corresponds to line current
‘I_{arm}’ corresponds to armature current and
‘I_{shunt}’ corresponds to field current
When we apply KVL (Kirchhoff’s voltage law) at the field winding, then
V = I_{shunt} R_{shunt }——— This is the voltage equation.
And the equation across armature winding is derived as:
V = E + I_{arm} I_{arm}
Finally, the power equation is the addition of generated mechanical power, armature losses, and the field losses and is given by:
VI = Pm + I_{arm}^{2} R_{arm + }I_{shunt}^{2} R_{shunt}
VI = Pm + I_{arm}^{2} R_{arm + }VI_{shunt}
The final equation is VI_{arm} = P + I_{arm}^{2} R_{arm}
And ‘VI_{arm}’ corresponds to the amount of electrical power at the motor’s armature winding.
DC Series Motor
From the diagram when we apply KCL
I = I_{series} = I_{arm}
‘I_{series}’ corresponds to the field winding current
When we apply KVL (Kirchhoff’s voltage law), then
V = E + I (R_{arm} + R_{series})
And the power equation is given by
VI = EI + I_{2} (R_{arm} + R_{series})
Finally, the power equation is the addition of generated mechanical power, armature losses, and the field losses and the final equation is:
Pm = EI
Comparison of DC Series and Shunt Motors
The comparison of these motors are discussed below.
Type 
DC Series Motor 
DC Shunt Motor 
Features  Variable speed and initial torque value will be high  Approximately constant speed value and initial torque value will be medium up to the range of 1.5 F.L. 
Applications  Blowers/fans, machine components, centrifugal type of pumps, lathes and in reciprocating pumps

These are mostly implemented for traction work means for a trolley, conveyors, cars, rapid transit machines, and electric locomotive systems. 
FAQs
1). Can DC motor be operated with AC?
A DC series motor can operate when it is provided with a singlephase alternating current.
2). Which motor generates more efficiency?
DC motors are 30 percent more efficient than AC motors.
3). What is the foremost difference between DC series and shunt motors?
The main difference between these two motors is how the field and armature windings are connected.
4). What will be the condition when DC shunt motor is initially started with load?
When the DC shunt motor is started without load then the minimal field current will be less, so that this creates damage for the motor.
So, this article shows a basic overview and the differences that exist between DC shunt and series motors. Also, know more about the concepts like how the working of the series motor and shunt motor varies and their related concepts?