thabassum,HowGan

Alternator and Generator both converts mechanical energy into electrical energy..So my question is what is the main difference between them?

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  1. Maybe it's j

    Both devices convert mechanical energy, input by the drive belt spinning the pulley which rotates the shaft, into electrical energy. Magnetic fields traverse conductors ( or conductors traverse magnetic field, designers choice) to perform that conversion process in both cases. What is different is the generator make DC or direct current, and the alternator makes AC or alternating current.

  2. Dixon

    An alternator is a specific device that produces AC electricity if you turn the shaft fast enough. You tend to think of an alternator as a component part, whereas a generator is a self contained unit that turns fuel into electricity.

  3. Mooned Y!A

    One big difference: A generator has a motor which makes energy. An alternator does not have a motor and makes energy. A generator makes a lot more electricity than an alternator.

  4. Philomel

    A generator produces pulsating DC. An alternator produces AC.
    Your car alternator produces 3 phase AC.
    Both have a rectifier regulator to control filter the power output to smooth DC to charge the battery.

  5. lee26loo,異地強秦後人

    NO DIFFERENCE, THEY WORK THE SAME EXCEPT THEIR NAMES ARE DIFFERENT.

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