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Are there any generators that produce little or no counter torque?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Njguy, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. Njguy

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    Maybe a silly question,

    I understand that when an electrical load is placed on a generator, the generator produces a counter torque, thus requiring more power to maintain the rpm. I was just wondering are there any electrical generator designs that produce little or even no counter torque, or would this be considered an impossibility? Doesn't matter if AC or DC generator. Thanks guys.
     
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  2. dknguyen

    dknguyen Well-Known Member

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    No, because then your input RPM and torque (aka input power) are independent of the load (aka a perpetual motion machine).
     
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    No. The production of "counter-torque' is the effect of the transfer of rotational energy from one part of they system to another that's receiving it.

    No free lunch in power and energy transfers and conversions.
     
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    You found some of my Ex wifes browser history , didn't you? :p

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    No.
    Yes. And, we have math for that.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenz's_law

    ak
     
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    A generator with zero input torque would break 2 rules, one it would be a free energy or over unity device (not popular on this forum), and the other would be it would need to have zero friction bearings.
     
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    three laws of thermodynamics
    1) there's no such thing as a free lunch
    2) when you eat, you drop crumbs
    3) ants eat the crumbs

    if there were no back-torque, there's no work being done. that's how regenerative braking works on electric cars.
     
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    That is the best description of the three laws of thermodynamics I've seen!
     
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    I'll explain that to the mrs next when she's moaning about crumbs all over the couch.
     
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    It's called an analog tachometer. Speed proportional to voltage generated.

    There is a common regulator used in cassette decks that that basically used Speed = k*Vm - Im*Rm; When Im = 0; speed is proportional to Vm.

    That little generator doesn't generate power and it still has thermal losses.
     
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    To answer your question Nj yes the concept would be considered impossible, such a device would be an over-unity or free energy machine.

    This is probably irrelevant in this situation however there is one situation where a gen would have very low or zero torque, and that would be if it had a voltage applied to it that overcome the friction & losses in the gen, however if this happened the gen would then be a motor, in industry you often see braking resistors on motor drives to dissipate energy when the motor brakes the load, ie the other way round a motor becomes a generator.
     

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