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in electricity, machine used to change mechanical energy into electrical energy. It operates on the principle of electromagnetic induction, discovered (1831) by Michael Faraday.
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machine that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. When an electric current is passed through a wire loop that is in a magnetic field, the loop will rotate and the rotating motion is transmitted to a shaft, providing useful mechanical work.
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in engineering. (1) The rotating part of motors and machines, in which are located the members that receive energy from the working medium (for instance, the rotor in a Wankel engine) or that transmit energy to a working medium (for instance, the rotor in a rotary pump). In motors, the rotor is connected to a driving shaft; in machines, it is connected to a driven shaft. Rotors are made in the shape of drums, disks, or wheels.
(2) The rotating part of, as a rule, an alternating-current machine. It is usually a cylindrical body with grooves that contain the winding.
the rotating part of an electric machine. As a rule, the concept of a rotor refers to alternating-current machines; in direct-current machines, the rotor is called an armature.
The rotor of an induction machine is usually fabricated from electrical sheet steel and has the shape of a cylinder with grooves that contain the winding. Depending on the type of winding used, induction machines are classified as either phase-wound or squirrel-cage machines. A phase-wound rotor has a three-phase winding with the same number of sections as are in the stator. The sections are usually Y-connected, and their terminals are connected to a starting rheostat through collector rings and brushes. The winding of a squirrel-cage rotor consists of metal bars that are short-circuited at each end.
Rotors in synchronous machines are classified as salient-pole and nonsalient-pole rotors. A salient-pole rotor consists of a yoke and of poles attached to the yoke and equipped with field windings. A nonsalient pole rotor is usually fabricated as a unit from a single steel forging. Grooves for field winding are milled into the forging.
REFERENCESKostenko, M. P., and L. M. Piotrovskii. Elektricheskie mashiny, 3rd ed., parts 1–2. Leningrad, 1972–73.
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ii. The portion of a turbine or compressor that spins.
iii. A rotating disc or drum to which a series of blades are attached (e.g., compressor, turbine, turbopump, alternator).
iv. A local air mass rotating about a substantially horizontal axis.