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A.C Generator

  1. Jun 3, 2010 #1
    I just encountered an A.C Generator. I understand that it turns mechanical energy into electrical energy.

    I also understand that if a coil is moved through a magnetic field, a current will be induced.

    What I dont understand is why A.C current is produced, not D.C

    could someone please simply explain to me the reason.

    Thanks
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Jun 3, 2010 #2
    There are two ways you can connect the output wires to the coils in the generator.

    Using a split commutator provides DC.

    Using a slip ring provides AC.

    http://www.gcsescience.com/pme18.htm
     
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