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Introduction to Generators & Motors (6 credit hours)

This 6 hour course begins with an explanation of the alternating current (ac) generator and then works into the direct current (dc) generators.  Basic terms such as armatures, slip rings, neutral planes, and commutators will be defined.    DC generators, including series-wound, shunt-wound and compound-wound, will be detailed showing characteristics and differences.  Additionally, generator construction, voltage control and voltage regulation will be discussed with relation to dc generators.  A detailed explanation of dc motors, including series dc motors, shunt motors and compound motors will follow.  Next, the course will look at types of ac generators, including rotating-armature alternators and rotating-field alternators.  Specific detail will be given regarding single-phase, two-phase, and three-phase (polyphase) alternators.  Lastly, ac motors will be detailed, including series motors, synchronous motors, and induction motors.

Naval Education & Training

·         The student will have knowledge of the principal by which generators convert mechanical energy to electrical energy, the basic construction of a generator and the mechanics of how the generator creates a voltage.  This will include specific parts within the dc generator, such as the armature, slip rings and commutator, as well as types of generators; series-wound, shunt-wound, compound-wound.

·         The student will have knowledge of the main differences and similarities of dc generators and dc motors, as well as, the advantages and disadvantages of different types of dc motors, namely series dc motors, shunt motors and compound motors.

·         The student will have knowledge of the principle of magnetic induction as it applies to ac generators and the differences, advantages, and disadvantages of the two basic types of ac generators – rotating-armature alternators and rotating-field alternators.

·         The student will have knowledge of ac motors – including series, synchronous, and induction motors.  Further information will be given on the specific parts that make up the ac motor and similarities and differences within the parts and workings of each type of motor.


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