EFFECTS OF ADDING ADDITIONAL COILS AND POLES
The effects of additional coils may be illustrated by the addition of a second coil to the armature. The
commutator must now be divided into four parts since there are four coil ends (see fig. 1-5). The coil is
rotated in a clockwise direction from the position shown. The voltage induced in the white coil,
DECREASES FOR THE NEXT 90º
of rotation (from maximum to zero). The voltage induced in the
black coil INCREASES from zero to maximum at the same time. Since there are four segments in the
commutator, a new segment passes each brush every 90º
instead of every 180º
. This allows the brush to
switch from the white coil to the black coil at the instant the voltages in the two coils are equal. The brush
remains in contact with the black coil as its induced voltage increases to maximum, level B in the graph.
It then decreases to level A, 90º
later. At this point, the brush will contact the white coil again.
Figure 1-5.Effects of additional coils.
The graph in figure 1-5 shows the ripple effect of the voltage when two armature coils are used.
Since there are now four commutator segments in the commutator and only two brushes, the voltage
cannot fall any lower than at point A. Therefore, the ripple is limited to the rise and fall between points A
and B on the graph. By adding more armature coils, the ripple effect can be further reduced. Decreasing
ripple in this way increases the effective voltage of the output.
NOTE: Effective voltage is the equivalent level of dc voltage, which will cause the same average
current through a given resistance. By using additional armature coils, the voltage across the brushes is
not allowed to fall to as low a level between peaks. Compare the graphs in figure 1-4 and 1-5. Notice that
the ripple has been reduced. Practical generators use many armature coils. They also use more than one
pair of magnetic poles. The additional magnetic poles have the same effect on ripple as did the additional
armature coils. In addition, the increased number of poles provides a stronger magnetic field (greater
number of flux lines). This, in turn, allows an increase in output voltage because the coils cut more lines
of flux per revolution.
Q8. How many commutator segments are required in a two-coil generator?