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Charging Systems

Terms and Concepts

QuestionAnswer
Regulator A device that controls the current through the field (rotor) to change the output of the alternator
Diode A one way check valve for electricity
Rectifier A group of diodes arranged to convert AC to DC
Rotor The rotating magnetic field in a generator/alternator
Stator The stationary induction winding were the voltage is created in an alternator
Capacitor An electrical component that stabilizes voltages
Alternator A device that changes mechanical action into electric force using magnetism
Zener diode A diode that will allow current flow in reverse bias above a rated voltage
Bias The application of a voltage to control the operation of a semiconductor device
Forward bias A bias setup that normally turns a solid state device ON.
Reverse bias A bias setup that normally turns a solid state device OFF.
A-type circuit A regulator connection where it is after the field -- in the ground path.
B-type circuit A regulator connection where it is before the field -- in the power or hot path.
Wye stator An induction winding used for low speed operation alternators
Delta stator An induction winding used in high speed operation alternators
Created by: jcoombes