I am a mechanical engineer and am working on a project. This project consists of a rotating shaft and I would like to generate power from that rotating shaft.The shaft will not be rotating continuously.
What are some basic things I need to know in order to generate power from the shaft? Do I use an alternator? I have read in many places that a generator converts mechanical energy to electrical but whenever I look up generators I end up with residential generators which is what I am not looking for.
Some other questions are do I need to regulate the RPM to create a certain frequency and should I make sure the shaft rotates continuously.
Sorry for being so clueless but I have been searching the internet for a while and this seems like the best place to get my questions answered. Thanks and any help would be appreciated.