3 phase generators
Category: Science > Physics
Asked by: paulshanks-ga
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30 Aug 2004 14:17 PDT
Expires: 29 Sep 2004 14:17 PDT
Question ID: 394702
I am familiar with single phase power, but as I understand it, there is no such thing as a single phase generator. This is becasue every pole has two equal and opposite charges. A DC generator with one coil (or two coils connected by one continuous wire) has two poles (one positive and one negative). A simple AC generator with one coil (or two coils connected by one continuous wire) would have 2 phases (equal and opposite). On a three phase generator there are 3 coils, but only one side of each coil is used. What happens to the other side of each coil's wire?
Re: 3 phase generators
Answered By: tar_heel_v-ga on 31 Aug 2004 06:04 PDT
Paul.. Thanks for your question. You obviously have a much greater grasp of the physics of electricity than I, so in researching, I came across the following animated explanation of a three phase generator: http://www.k-wz.de/physik/threephasegenerator.html This allows you to turn off the various coils and see the results. Based upon your response to the clarification request, this explains how each coil is utilized to your satisfaction. In reading the information on the page, I STILL don't understand :) but I am glad it answers your question. Thanks again! Regards, -THV Search Strategy: three phase generator
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Quick response. Pointed me in the correct direction. Thanks!
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