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alternating-current

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  • Some may raise a specter of doubt, though, since part of the electric and magnetic fields in hybrid cars come from an alternating-current motor rather than the presumably less threatening direct-current used in conventional cars.

    Mythbuster: EMF levels in hybrids

  • The introduction of the alternating-current generator changed this situation and made the generation of electricity much more effective.

    Energy and Society~ Chapter 5~ Steam~ Key to the Industrial Revolution

  • The effect of the invention of the alternating-current generator on the use of water power was analogous to its effect on the use of the steam engine.

    Energy and Society~ Chapter 5~ Steam~ Key to the Industrial Revolution

  • Power factor, a characteristic of alternating-current, or AC, circuits, is defined as the ratio of real power (what the end user consumes, measured in watts) to apparent power (what the utility company supplies, measured in volt-amperes).

    Buzzword: Power Factor

  • Right after arriving in Manhattan in 1884, Tesla began working 20-hour days at Edison's lab; when his boss nixed his alternating-current induction motor, Tesla set out on his own.

    Books on the Brilliantly Disturbed

  • In 1884 he went to the United States to promote his new alternating-current motor.

    Tesla, Nikola

  • Within two years he was back on his feet, and had formed his own laboratory for the development of his alternating-current motor.

    Tesla, Nikola

  • In the 1880s, Thomas Edison backed direct-current electricity against the alternating-current system favored by Westinghouse, his great competitor.

    How the Grid Will Win

  • Westinghouse organized the Westinghouse Electric Company to manufacture and promote the use of alternating-current system equipment, and became a spirited competitor of Edison and his dc system.

    Westinghouse, George

  • Westinghouse made alternating-current electricity: The electron movement electricity went back and forward in the copper wire as the spinning wire loops “alternatingly” cut the magnetic field first one way then the other.

    American Connections

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