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Electrical generators that produce alternate current.

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Is the calculation of weight to be suspended inorder to produce electricity from an alternator correct or not?

I bought a alternator with the following specs: power: 5 hp rpm: 1800 voltage: 220V The formula for finding the horsepower is: horsepower= (RPM X Torque)/5252 By substituting the value of horsepower ...
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Alternator output rating

Overview: I am currently working on a project that requires a 24v alternator, which is powered by a mower engine. This engine in particular runs around 3,000 RPM, and does not exceed 3,200 RPM (based ...
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Tantalum Capacitor Explodes When Engine Starts

I designed a circuit using a SMPS voltage regulator based on the tps65261rhbr triple synchronous buck converter. The circuit is rated for up to 18V. It is connected to a 12V lawnmower battery, which ...
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An AC generator can 'lock up' if its timing is off? [closed]

I believe I read elsewhere on Stack Exchange (Physics or Electrical Engineering) about how an alternating current generator can seize up if the frequency of the current does not match something else ...
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Modifying brushless alternator for external regulator

I'd like to modify a Delco Remy 38si or 40si brushless alternator for use with an external voltage regulator. For a brushed alternator, I'd just need to pull the field out external to the case. My ...
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Selecting the right PMDC motor and battery

I'm looking at generating electrical energy from a mechanical input being used to rotate the shaft of a Permanent magnet DC motor. However, i'm a bit stuck with selecting the right motor and battery ...
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Attempt to build DIY high current power supply from car alternator?

Recently I had posted about a thread related to a bench DIY high current transformer 12VDC supply that I'm trying to built. But due to some transformer and diode rectifier limitations that project may ...
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Determining synchronous impedance by Simulation of an Alternator Test using MATLAB/Simulink

I would like to know if there is a way to simulate an alternator using MATLAB/Simulink to obtain the synchronous impedance of any alternator by using Open-Circuit Test and Short-Circuit test. Is this ...
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How can excitation be used of an alternator to control the power factor?

Looking for ways the excitation of an alternator can control its power factor?
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How to wire a single wire alternator to a bridge rectifier?

I'm trying to make a 25cc weed eater generator (for fun) and I'm thinking of using an alternator to take the rotary output from the engine and turn it into electricity. I need a way to take the 12-14V ...
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reactive power in induction machine

Does an induction machine actually consume reactive power?
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To what extent are alternators “flexible” to variations in input speed and output voltage?

An automotive-style alternator works from 750 RPM to e.g. 7000 RPM, a range of nearly 10:1. In terms of output voltage, I know they target a fixed output voltage, but I believe it wouldn't be too ...
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Finding Impedances on a Network

Hey there the first part of the question (finding the new C value) is pretty easy. However I am stuck at the second part, it asks me to find the empadance values and etc. Can you help me with that?
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What will happen if the prime mover driving synchronous machine is accidentally disconnected?

What happens to a synchronous machine connected to an infinite grid, acting as a generator, when its prime mover fails i.e. when mechanical input at the shaft reduces to 0? I'm assuming that the ...
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Improving a permanent magnet alternator. Replacing magnets / reducing air gap

In the case of a 3 phase PMA radial flux type, used as a wind turbine, with magnets on the surface of the rotor, is it safe or even doable to stack another magnet with the same geometry on top of the ...
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Relating input torque on BLDC motor shaft with output current

I am trying to build a drone generator with a gasoline engine and a 14-pole,170KV, 2KW BLDC skateboard motor (this one). Before designing the system and running it, I wanted to clear out a fundamental ...
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Current delivered by the vehicle alternator

I have a vehicle alternator with following parameters: 14V, 140A. In parallel to this alternator is connected 14.4V vehicle lead acid battery. The alternator is used as a power source for a load which ...
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Control of battery charging

I have been developing a control software for charging and discharging battery in a dc grid. The system consists of: 01) Three phase alternator with three phase diode bridge rectifier at its output ...
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How do brushed DC/AC generators work that have electromagnets in the stator?

Disclaimer: I do not know many things about electronics, so bear with my bad etiquette (I’m only in 8th grade). This is for my own knowledge as well as to make a Blender animation to educate people. ...
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Excitation current calculation for alternator

I have an old brush alternator where field excitation happens in the stator. Unfortunately no information is given about the required field excitation current. The alternator is rated 3 Phase, 400V, ...
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Selecting an alternator/generator

I am designing anenergy regeneration system using a pulley attached to the wire rope of a track elevator using a 3:1 sprocket ratio I am getting around 670 RPM`s I am using two 6 volt lead acid ...
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How to transform an AC signal of wide voltage to pulses

I want to build a device that measures frequency of possibly different electrical alternators, not having much control of their parameters. For this I need to get digital pulses out of the AC signal ...
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What is the source of reactive power generated by the alternator?

We know an alternator or in general any source of energy does not generate energy but converts one type of energy into some other usable form. An electric generator produces both real and reactive ...
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Help me understand my campervan split charge relay

I am new to the world of electronics, but keen to learn. The below all relates to the 12 V circuit of my van. I have picked up a campervan which has a second "leisure" battery which powers items in ...
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Vehicle Alternator/Inverter system

I have a food van with a stock alternator on the engine, and a 3000w inverter setup. The inverter setup uses 2 Trojan leisure batteries. Somehow the inverter setup is also linked to the alternator (I’...
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Free Piston Stirling Engine Tuning Capacitor - Series Vs Parallel

Why is a tuning capacitor placed in series with a free piston stirling alternator rather than parallel with it? I am accustomed to seeing power factor correction capacitors placed in parallel in ...
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Alternator droop characteristics

Two synchronous generators operating in parallel supply a total load of 200 MW. The ratings of the machines 1 and 2 are 100 MW and 200 MW. Machines 1 and 2 have governor droop characteristic of 4% and ...
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Alternator field winding VS equivalent inductor

I have a question which I know is going to be more opinion biased than factual. I know this isn't the purpose of the forum, but I would really appreciate some extra opinions so I'm going to ask it ...
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How to remove flickering on car-powered LEDs?

I am powering an array of LED lights via the car alternator (the LEDs are connected to the car battery leads, but only run when the engine is on). The problem with this setup is that the natural ...
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Open-circuit alternator

Is it dangerous to run a permanent magnet alternator open-circuited? No current can flow so is all the power dissipated as heat? Is there even power generated in the inductive coils?
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Can I use a MPPT Solar Controller to charge my auxillary 12V AGM Battery from the car battery/alternator?

I have a RedArc solenoid and a Victron 75/15 Smart Solar Controller. Can I use the combination of these two units to charge an 12V AGM Deep Cycle auxiliary battery from the car battery/alternator ...
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Automotive alternator

I have been working on a project where so called Lundell alternator plays a crucial role. I haven't got any experience with this device sofar so I have decided to study some literature regarding this ...
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Van with Solar power but no auxillary battery and only on sunny days. Do I need switches and isolators?

I have a 2018 Ram Promaster city cargo van with OEM 12v 70AH 120RC Sealed Led acid battery and a 160a alternator. Sitting on top of the battery I have a 1200 Watt pure sine 110v inverter connected ...
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One Way Current Restrictor

Will the below circuit act as a one-way current restrictor to allow 100A to flow out of the battery, but limit charging current to 10A into the battery from the alternator?
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Alternator current when charging flat battery

I've found some voltage-current-rpm graphs for car alternators and did not quite understand one thing. Basically, my alternator is rated at 75A (small car), which it should output above 2000 RPM or so....
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Impedance of individual component in complex AC circuit

In a AC circuit with just a capacitor or inductor, reactance is the impedance of the component, and in a non-complex RLC circuit you can just find the total impedance with vector addition (Ztot = sqrt(...
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Charge AGM battery from car alternator

What is the most efficient way of charging an AGM battery using a car alternator? I have a 12V plug connected to alligator clips which can be used in the 12V sockets inside the vehicle. Is this the ...
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4 channel digital scope

I wish to view 3 phase waveforms from an alternator (DUT) through isolation transformers via a digital oscilloscope. A 4 channel oscilloscope is obviously ideal for this as I can view the waveforms as ...
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Can car alternator back-emf damage electronics?

I know on startup a motor or generator produces back-emf and current ( correct me if I'm wrong, been a while since I've worked with electric machinery ). Thus, it'd be reasonable to expect that when ...
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How many horsepower does an alternator take from an engine at different speeds? [closed]

I want to know how much horsepower the engine deliver to the alternator at idle rpm,normal rpm and maximum rpm
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How do I bring back to life a very un-excited 3phase 10kVa alternator

We are restoring a water mill and have recently got our 2 wheels turning once more. One of them is connected to an existing 3phase 10KVa alternator which although a little old seems to be in good ...
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AVR regulation brushless vs. brush alternator

I am currently looking for an AVR for a brush alternator. Today, brushless alternators seem to be more common and so is the supply for AVRs to work for brushless alternators. My assumption is that ...
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How to monitor an Alternator exciter wire with MCU?

I have a internally regulated vehicle alternator which uses a conventional battery light wired in-between the exciter terminal and positive. Obviously when the alternator isn't turning the exciter ...
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What are these SOT23 components in this RPM gauge circuit?

I'm trying to work out the input portion of the input circuit on a digital RPM gauge. It accepts a W input from a standard automotive alternator. I can't identify the JCL446 which only uses two of ...
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wind turbine voltage multiplier

I am building a wind generator with a car alternator without a gearbox. I know that the alternator is designed to spin at 5-10k RPM and the blades runs at 60-120 RPM so the alternator generates less ...
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Why use a star or delta connection instead of having a second output

I am winding my own small three phase ac alternator and have learned about star and delta connections. Should I use 2 three phase rectifiers to turn the current to DC or only one with a star ...
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What stabilizes the alternators/generators?

I've completed my intern in hydroelectric power plants. I've seen large generators working to maintain voltage in 50Hz. They were turning at 187,5 rpm with 32 poles. But I wondered what stabilizes ...
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Drawing power from only one phase of a 3 phase alternator

Note: I am busy learning about 3 phase alternators. A lot of my understanding is theory so I'm running through scenario's for better understanding. Scenario: Lets say we have a 2KW-220V-50Hz 3 phase ...
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Can a generator give me shock?

Can an isolated AC system like a generator which is not system grounded will be able to give me a shock if I touch it one wire? I guess it should not, because then there would not be a path back to ...
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Smoothing capacitor for scooter regulator - High constant current drawn

I've researched the forum before posting, but it seems my question is a bit specific and not answered before. Please excuse me if I'm wrong. So what we have here is a chinese scooter alternator, ...