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How can thin wire in generator windings carry the high output current?

I observed the rebuilding of a 12KW, 120V gas-powered generator. I was amazed at how small the generator portion was (roughly the size of an electric motor you might find in a major home appliance). ...
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Windings for Linear Generator

I have built a small, simple linear generator. It works, but I'm sure it could be more efficient because I didn't know how many windings of magnet wire to use. I know there is a formula I could use ...
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Is it possible to simulate the electric power output of a linear alternator using finite element analysis software?If yes, which?

We need to build a small (1-2W) linear alternator for a project in engineering school. Is it possible to use finite element software to finetune our design instead of actually building real life ...
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Do generators produce a fixed load?

As an example of my question, imagine I have a small generator attached to a bicycle pedals. If this generator is connected to one light bulb, how would it compare with the generator being connected ...
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Issues with Building AC Generator

So we are trying to build an AC generator, an alternator, if you will. We are using a 5" PVC pipe for the body with a hole drilled diametrically, through which a bolt passes. Inside of this pipe, on ...
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Is there a motor design where a rotor gradually moves into a stater?

I was wondering if there is a motor/generator design where the rotor moves gradually in and out of the stator along the axis of rotation, or the stator over the rotor. If so, I'd like some resource(s)...
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Why vertical wind turbine don't be half covered

I think it would be more efficient for a vertical wind turbine to have a covered funnel about half of it Something like this figure It would protected the turbine from opposite wind and also ...
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Difference between permanent magnet and electromagnet exciter generator in principles wise?

I searched about this, but couldn't find any helpful explanations. All it says is that magnetic field is generated by either permanent magnets or electromagnets. In both cases, how does the exciter ...
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Theoretical maximum generated power for a given torque

Being an electrical engineer, I'm hoping someone will help me double-check my math. I have a small circuit that I want to power for years that consumes an average 10uA at 3V. I'd like to power this ...
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How do generators in space transmit/ deposit energy back to Earth? [closed]

I've read about the idea of putting solar panels in space, or the already used electrodynamic tethers which gain energy as they move through Earth's magnetic field. The question I have is: How do ...
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Generating practical power without an iron core, but with high RPM

Here's what I'm proposing - a small turbine directly coupled to a permanent magnet that's spinning at, say, 150k RPM. The magnet is enclosed one or several wire loops parallel to the axis of rotation. ...
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What is the fraction of power transmitted to the generator in full-hybrid cars?

In full-hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius, usually both internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric motor produces mechanical power to the wheels at cruise. But some of the mechanical power produced ...
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Is there a generator that uses night and day this way?

Is there a liquid or compounds that can change from gas then to liquid and back in a vacuum or with air? In the picture below the hour glass looking devise liquid comes in contact with light or heat ...
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Which Generator is “Better”: DC or AC? [closed]

So, I have a project where I have a bicycle that powers a type of generator. I have everything else done, but I need to pick a generator. My first problem is that I don't really know which type of ...
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Extracting power from fusion?

If we are able to create a fusion reactor so there is a net gain in energy how can we turn the heat into electricity. I know how it is done normally for fission, steam, but how could this be adapted ...
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Are there reversed rotation direction in generators (as back EMF in MOTORS)?

There is a back EMF in a motor, due to current flow in a magnetic field. So, in a generator, is there a reverse rotation (opposed to original rotation) due to a current flow in magnetic field? I ...
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Decreasing the circumference of a generator shaft [closed]

I know that torque is proportional to RPM and vice versa, but id like to know why we cant just decrease the circumference of a generator shaft in order to compensate for increases in torque. In other ...
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Why are coils used to generate magnetic fields

I understand that coils have properties over a single wire in producing a magnetic field. But I'm a hobbyist not an expert. I know electricity was discovered from a wire carrying a charge when ...
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What area should I use when calculating induced voltage?

I am trying to build a low power output generator with 12 pole pairs and 9 stator coils. The design will be similar to the one described in this link Basic Principles Of The Homebrew Axial Flux ...
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How to calculate hydropower in kW without water head

I am trying to do some calculations to figure out how much power output would be produced from a water powered generator that uses horizontal current flow to move the generators coils rather than ...
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Planned power outage and backup generator

In a few days, there will be a power outage that will probably last for 8 hours. We had this issue before, but then only our part of de building was affected. It was temporarily resolved by using 2 ...
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How to accurately calculate the rpm from a gear train

I'm trying to build a self-regenerating door lock as a side project in college and i'm having some difficulty accurately calculating the gear trains output (in rpm), the purpose of this gearing system ...
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How do I build a dc generator at home for my presentaion?

I'm having a presentation about dc generators and I wanted to demonstrate how it works. Anyone have an idea on how to build one. I left my electric motors at home because of Christmas break, now I can'...
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Do generators run slower if the load is lower?

When I see electrical generators specified, they usually give the fuel consumption as at "rated load". So,for example, a 5 kilowatt generator might consume 0.6 gallons per hour. However, what happens ...