A. Electric Generators

The chapters in this book have focused on motor action, which converts electrical power to mechanical power. This appendix takes a look at the reverse process, which converts mechanical power to electrical power. This is called generator action, and machines that take advantage of this action are called electric generators. As will be shown, motors and generators have a lot in common.

Electrical generators serve a vital role in today’s society. When catastrophe strikes, the first priority is to return the generators to working condition. In addition to providing power to businesses and residences, generators also make it possible for automobiles to power their electrical components, such as the headlights, power steering, ...

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