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Homework Help: Find alternators magnetic field?

  1. Apr 12, 2017 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    You're an electrical engineer designing an alternator (the generator that charges a car's battery). Mechanical engineers specify a 10-cm-diameter rotating coil, and you determine that you can fit 250 turns in this coil. To charge a 12-Vbattery, you need a peak output of 16 V when the alternator is rotating at 1300 rpm.

    What do you specify for the alternator's magnetic field? HINT: Notice that the rotation rate of the coil is given in revs per minutes, not revs per second.

    2. Relevant equations
    I think Guass Law for B fields?

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I really do not know where to start. I am in general confused on what form of equation I should be using. I want to say using gauss's Law for B fields, but I can't come up with a definitive solution. Any guidance would be appreciated.

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  3. Apr 12, 2017 #2


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    Have you googled.. voltage produced by a rotating coil?
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