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Homework Help: Difference between Generator and Alternator

  1. Nov 2, 2005 #1
    Hi guys,

    As per topic, what actually differentiates a generator and alternator?
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  3. Nov 2, 2005 #2


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    One generates and one alternates... :)
  4. Nov 2, 2005 #3


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    A generator produces DC directly, an alternator produces AC which is then converted to DC with a bridge rectifier.
  5. Nov 2, 2005 #4


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    A generator is a generic term for a device which, broadly speaking, converts mechanical to electrical energy. An alternator is a type of generator which works as described by Integral, and can be contrasted with a dynamo, which directly produces DC.
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