# Voltage drop in a Permanent Magnet Generator

A small alternator type 4-pole permanent magnet generator(PMG) outputs AC sinusoidal voltage from 1V to 30V where output voltage amplitude increase with frequency.

I first set the generator to rotate with a constant rpm. When I hook up the output of the PMG directly to the oscilloscope I can see the true voltage output. So far so good..

My aim is to decrease the voltage output of this PMG by a voltage divider and couple it to a comparator as an input. The reason is, if I don't do that the input to the comparator from the PMG will exceed comparator's rail voltages at high rpm.

So I decided to use a 330k and a 33k resistor to make a voltage divider. I set the generator rpm such that its output was 12V when hooked up to the scope.

Then I coupled the output of the PMG to this voltage divider. I wanted to be sure if I'm doing things in the right way, so I checked the voltage across the voltage divider (across 330+30 = 360k), and what i saw was there was almost no signal in the scope. The voltage output dramatically dropped.

Here is a simple illustration about what I wrote:

Why does it happen? Should I use a much higher resistors values for the voltage divider?

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab

Figure 1 and 2. 12 V AC on open circuit. 0 V when loaded with 360k.

• There's a schematic button on the editor toolbar. It's very simple to use. Add in a schematic and a photo of the setup may help too. Feb 26, 2016 at 20:22
• I added some illustration about it. Here is the PMG device: nei.co.jp/newproducts/fu_ryokuhatudenkimusenfu_sokukei.htm I just know it is a 4 pole PMG and they dont have more data sheet. And this is related to my previous question(Im trying to lower the input voltage to the comparator): electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/219421/… Feb 26, 2016 at 20:29
• There really is a schematic editor button ...! You forgot to mention that your generator was the size of your thumb. Since your scope has an input impedance of 1M (confirm?) your resistors shouldn't load it too much. It sounds as though you have an incorrect value or short. Check again. Feb 26, 2016 at 20:52
• I added an editable schematic for you. Are you sure the PMG is actually connected? Feb 26, 2016 at 20:58
• Yes it was and there was a friend with me we checked several times. Im home right now. Feb 26, 2016 at 21:02