alternator


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Wikipedia.

alternator:

see generatorgenerator,
in electricity, machine used to change mechanical energy into electrical energy. It operates on the principle of electromagnetic induction, discovered (1831) by Michael Faraday.
..... Click the link for more information.
.

alternator

[′ȯl·tər‚nād·ər]
(electricity)
A mechanical, electrical, or electromechanical device which supplies alternating current.

alternator

A generator of alternating current which is produced by the turning of its rotor.

alternator

A source of electrical power in aircraft that is akin to a generator except that it requires battery power to excite a magnetic field to enable the alternator to provide current.

alternator

an electrical machine that generates an alternating current
References in periodicals archive ?
In addition to unveiling the new motor design, Raser will exhibit other new implementations of its Symetron[TM] family of technologies, including its new high output, high efficiency brushless alternator technology, designed to improve performance and fuel economy in conventional vehicles and its award winning P-50 integrated starter alternator.
PowerEdge is a top-performing alternator that provides higher amps at idle and cruise speeds, faster charging and rapid battery recovery.
Engine downsizing has led manufacturers to develop starter motor and alternator that comply with the incoming trend.
Option 3: Remove the alternator, rebuild it, test it and reinstall it (or have a third party do so).
The alternator is fine for replenishing the battery after you start the car and for keeping it topped up.
The "new-style" 70-amp alternator, NSN 6115-01-440-7397, is the replacement used on many H100Cs the last few years.
That's much better than the I know most alternators (56% efficient on average) can produce at idle, and is enough to let some of the more powerful by-wire systems migrate to 12 volt vehicles.
The plant is the main alternator assembly facility for Bosch in Western Europe.
It is powered by a 3-phase alternator fitted to the main engine, mounted within the main engine compartment and belt-driven from the crankshaft.
No need to have it screaming--the alternator will charge at slow speed as well as fast.
This could eventually result in an electrical short in the diode which could cause a fire in the alternator that could spread to the engine compartment.
As designed, with an alternator that generates power to recharge the battery, a car cannot produce enough current at low engine speeds to serve such a function.