Three phase electric generator – What is it? A 3 phase electric generator is a type of device that is used to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy. This type of generator is quite different from the conventional generator, because it generates power in three phases instead of one single phase. The main advantage of using a 3 phase electric generator is that it can produce large amounts of power with high efficiency and low cost.
In general, a 3 phase electric generator consists of two sets of coils wound around the same shaft but with an angle between them (120 degrees). Each set of coils has its own capacitors and brushes. When the coils are activated with current, they produce magnetic fields which interact through the air gap between them.
The interaction between these magnetic fields causes them to rotate at different speeds causing magnetic induction in each coil. The induction produces electrical current that flows through the winding on both sides.
A 3 phase electric generator consists of a prime mover (electric motor or internal combustion engine) that spins an alternator to produce electrical power. The alternator is connected to a set of three stator windings, each wound in the shape of a “Y”. When the prime mover turns the alternator shaft, it induces currents in these three windings, which are then combined to form three phase alternating current.
The current produced by each phase is 120 degrees out of phase with each other, so they add up to produce 240 volts (AC) at 60 Hz frequency. This type of generator is referred to as a “Y-connected” generator because the windings are connected together in this way.
A 3 phase generator produces an output that is twice as powerful as a single phase generator. This is because it uses 3 sets of coils instead of just one. Each set of coils is called a “phase”, and when the three sets are connected together they create a three phase output.
The reason why we use 3 phases in our homes and businesses is because there are many applications that require large amounts of electricity at once, such as large motors or air conditioners for example. If we only had single phase power we would need 2 separate sets of wires (one for each phase), which would take up more space and cost more money than using 3 sets of wires (one for each phase) instead.