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Dynamo Mechanics

  1. Nov 28, 2015 #1
    So..What would be the most efficient miniature dynamo system?

    So my question to you, on the small scale, what would be the most efficient dynamo system? Small scale meaning a handheld size device. I know energy can be generated using Faraday's law, when you move a magnet near a coil it generates electricity. But how much, and which configuration would be optimum? Its been a while since I went to engineering school so I would like to learn a few things. Which is more important, should we focus on the Joules (weight energy) and physical force to turn a dynamo wheel, or is simply the moving of the magnet important, and the speed in which it moves? Is it better to turn a dynamo wheel using Joules, or is it better to have a moving magnet, light as a feather, exerting no force on the dynamo, and just magnetically generating electricity in the coils?

    And, where would I get and purchase one of these devices, these dynamo devices?

    For example, the system energy I wish to transfer into the dynamo, is 0.02 Joules.
    The speed at which a magnet could move (in order to generate electricity) is .51 m/s.
    How much energy could I get from this?

    I would like a reference, specifically how much energy does it take to generate a electromagnetic field equivalent to the strength of a fridge magnet that lasts for 10 seconds?
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  3. Nov 29, 2015 #2


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    I'm sure there must be papers on the efficiency of hand cranked generators. I didn't look hard but Google found one detailing tests of two slightly different hand cranked generators...


    So it seems at least 50% efficiency is achievable.

    That's not much energy. Is that all you have available or all you need to generate? 1 Watt is 1 Joule per second so this particular generator can deliver 8-10 Joules per second. More than 500 times what you need?
  4. Nov 29, 2015 #3
    I would like to at least power a fridge magnet but I can't find any reference on google on how much energy that needs. (An electromagnetic equivalent.)
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  6. Nov 29, 2015 #5
    I thank you. However, I would like to know how much energy a fridge magnet has? Otherwise I will have to set up testing and test several paperclips to measure the max load of a fridge magnet vs. my custom magnet.
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    You are talking in the wrong units. A magnet does not store energy as a battery does. A magnet can exert a force. Force and energy are different things.
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    Dynamo question has been answered, now the thread is unravelling.

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