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Three-Phase AC Generator Working

3-phase revolving-armature generator

There are two basic types of 3-phase generators (alternating-current generators): (1) the revolving-armature type (Figure 1) and (2) the revolving-field type (Figure 2).  The 3-phase revolving-armature generator rotates the three single-phase windings, located 120 mechanical degrees apart on the rotor assembly, around the inside of a fixed or stationary electromagnetic …

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Synchronous Motor Working Principle

Capacitor-start induction motor (CSIM).

The synchronous motor is identical in construction to the synchronous generator, although virtually all synchronous motors are of the salient-pole type. Like all electric motors, the synchronous motor converts electrical power into mechanical power. The primary difference in operation, however, is that the synchronous motor only delivers torque and power …

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Synchronous Generator: Performance and Analysis

Plot of power vs. power angle for a salient-pole synchronous generator

Most of the electricity we use on a daily basis is created by synchronous generators. Synchronous generators produce constant-frequency power and can operate at both leading and lagging power factors. Delivered power for the round-rotor machine From figure 1, we can write a voltage equation: $\begin{matrix}   {{E}_{a}}={{V}_{t}}+jI{{X}_{s}} & {} & …

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Synchronous Machine Equivalent Circuit

Per-phase synchronous machine equivalent circuit

In the Synchronous Machine section, we have seen that there are two rotating magnetic fields in the airgap of the synchronous machine whether it is operating as a motor or as a generator. Any time a magnetic field passes by a conductor, it will induce a voltage in the conductor. Thus, …

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Synchronous Generator Working Principle

In this section, we will describe the operation of the synchronous generator. Figure 1 shows a cross-section of a round-rotor synchronous generator, and Figure 2 shows a cross-section of a salient-pole synchronous generator. Both are two-pole synchronous generators. The primary difference between the two types is evident from looking at …

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SYNCHRONOUS MOTOR CONSTRUCTION

Cutaway view of a synchronous motor

The synchronous motor, like all other rotating motors, has a stator and a rotor. Figure 1 shows a cutaway view of a synchronous motor. The rotor contains electromagnets, which create the field of the motor. In some cases, permanent magnets are used on the rotor of a synchronous machine to …

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Stepper Motor Types and Working

Stepper motors are close relatives of brushless DC motors. The brushless DC motor is used where continuous motion is required, such as a fan or a disk drive. The stepper motor, on the other hand, is designed to move infinite increments (steps) in either direction and to keep track of …

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Electric Machine Efficiency and Losses

Regardless of which type of electric machine is chosen for a particular job, efficiency is important for several reasons. First, and perhaps most obvious, a less efficient machine will cost more to operate. Second, the losses in the machine are converted to heat, which raises the operating temperature of the …

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Synchronous Machine as Generator and Motor

Figure 1 shows a cross-sectional view of a salient-pole synchronous machine. The armature windings are shown as concentrated windings, but in reality, they would be distributed. Such machines can be operated either in Motor or Generator mode. Motor Operation For motor operation, a balanced three-phase set of voltages is applied …

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AC Motor and Generator Working Principle

Figure 1 shows a simple, single-turn, permanent- magnet machine. The single-turn coil is free to rotate between two magnetic poles of opposite polarity. Magnetic flux goes from a north pole to a south pole, so there will be magnetic flux in the region between the poles where the coil is …

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