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 Subject: 3 phase generators Category: Science > Physics Asked by: paulshanks-ga List Price: \$10.00 Posted: 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?``` Request for Question Clarification by tar_heel_v-ga on 30 Aug 2004 14:25 PDT ```Being that I am FAR from a physics genius (or even novice for that matter), does the following help explain? http://www.k-wz.de/physik/threephasegenerator.html``` Clarification of Question by paulshanks-ga on 30 Aug 2004 20:58 PDT ```Yes that is the answer! It appears they are all tied to neutral. Neutral would then carry very little, if any power, because the sum of all three legs should be equal to zero. The neutral leg would only be needed to compesate for any difference in load btween the three phases. Thanks! So, now what? Do you get the \$10? How do I get it to you? Should I cancel the question? Thanks again.```
 ```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```
 paulshanks-ga rated this answer: `Quick response. Pointed me in the correct direction. Thanks!`