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Generator

This Java applet simulates a generator which is reduced to the most important parts for clarity. Instead of an armature with many windings and iron nucleus there is only a single rectangular conductor loop; the axis the loop rotates on is omitted.

The radio buttons in the top right corner allow you to choose a AC generator (without commutator), or a DC generator (with commutator). You can change the direction of rotation by using the corresponding button. The sliding control lets you vary the rotational speed. You can stop and continue the simulation with the button "Pause / Resume". This, however, does not mean a real stop of the movement, for in this case the induced voltage would be reduced to zero. Foreign language versions available.
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John Walkup
John Walkup (Staff)
17 years ago
Good, clear graphics make this an excellent tool for visualizing how a generator
works.