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ABB Smoke extraction motors

Smoke extraction motors play a critical role in keeping tunnels safe. In the event of a tunnel fire, lives depend on the ability of extraction fans – and the electric motors driving them – to disperse toxic fumes and smoke quickly and efficiently. Smoke extraction motors must be capable of withstanding the high temperatures generated in fire zones and continue to work reliably under these extreme circumstances.

In normal daily operation they are part of the comfort ventilation system which maintains tunnel air quality. Ideally the motors are controlled by variable speed drives (VSDs) to allow adjustable fan settings saving energy.

Smoke extraction motors are typically used in two types of applications - jet fans and axial fans - for both comfort ventilation and extreme cases by fire.
  • Tunnels
  • Single and multi-storey shopping malls
  • Single and multi-storey industrial buildings and warehouses
  • Stairways
  • Enclosed car parks
  • Theaters
  • Other locations to mitigate the effects of a fire

Key features and benefits


Smoke extraction motors are designed for securing safety, working reliably and efficiently in tunnels.
  • Safe - Dual purpose secures fresh air by comfort operation and in the event of fire supporting safe evacuation. ABB smoke extraction motors are compliant with fans according to EN norms.
  • Reliable - Tunnels ensure vital transport connections, demanding 100% reliability. Our motors are designed to withstand high temperatures and are available with wide range of options and solutions.
  • Efficient - High efficiency motors up to IE4 efficiency class available.

Product offering

Global markets

  • Tested with fan according to EN 12101-3 for operation at 400°C 120 min, 300°C 60 min, 250°C 120 min, 200°C 120 min
  • Frame sizes 160 to 450, up to 1000 kW
  • Extended cable with protective conduit and remote terminal box
  • Flexible cabling solutions, halogen free materials
  • Both horizontal and vertical mountings
  • IP55 protection as standard, IP66 as option
  • Insulation class H
  • Temperature rise class B, F
  • Cooling IC411 as standard, IC418 as option
  • Wide range surface treatment and corrosion protection options
  • Efficiency classes IE2, IE3 and IE4

    Chinese and Asian markets

    • Tested according to Chinese standards for operation at 300°C 60 min, 250°C 120 min
    • Frame sizes 80 to 355, up to 355kW
    • Both horizontal and vertical mountings
    • Silver grey painting for high temperature environment
    • IP55 protection
    • Insulation class H
    • Temperature rise class F
    • Cooling IC411 as standard, IC418 as option
    • Wide range of options like extended cables and PAD mounting
    • Efficiency classes IE2

    Indian, Middle East and African markets

    • Tested at a third party laboratory in India for operation at 300°C 60 min, 250°C 120 min
    • Frame sizes 71 to 250, up to 55 kW
    • Both horizontal and vertical mountings
    • IP55 protection
    • Insulation class H
    • Temperature rise class B, F
    • Cooling IC411 as standard, IC418 as option
    • Grey aluminum painting
    • Insulation suitable for high temperature applications
    • Wide range of options like extended cables, PAD mounting
    • Efficiency classes IE2, IE3

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