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al·ter·na·tor

 (ôl′tər-nā′tər, ăl′-)
n.
An electric generator that produces alternating current.

alternator

(ˈɔːltəˌneɪtə)
n
(Electrical Engineering) an electrical machine that generates an alternating current

al•ter•na•tor

(ˈɔl tərˌneɪ tər, ˈæl-)

n.
a generator of alternating current.
[1890–95]

al·ter·na·tor

(ôl′tər-nā′tər)
An electric generator that produces alternating current. The current reverses direction, back and forth, because the generator's coiled wire rotates rapidly within the magnetic field created by its two magnets, causing the charge of the wire to change from positive to negative, depending on which magnetic pole it is closest to.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alternator - an old term for an electric generator that produces alternating current (especially in automobiles)alternator - an old term for an electric generator that produces alternating current (especially in automobiles)
auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work"
electrical system - equipment in a motor vehicle that provides electricity to start the engine and ignite the fuel and operate the lights and windshield wiper and heater and air conditioner and radio
generator - engine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy by electromagnetic induction
Translations

alternator

[ˈɒltɜːneɪtəʳ] N (Aut, Elec) → alternador m

alternator

[ˈɔːltərneɪtər] n [car] → alternateur m

alternator

n (Elec) → Wechselstromgenerator m; (Aut) → Lichtmaschine f

alternator

[ˈɒltəneɪtəʳ] n (Elec, Aut) → alternatore m
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Recent independent testing found that a Raser-designed brushless alternator had outputs ranging up to 56% greater than a standard heavy-duty alternator.
The P-100 was designed to double the performance of the company's award winning P-50 integrated starter alternator.
7 inches long and weighing up to 10 pounds less than competitors, PowerEdge is also the smallest and lightest alternator in its class.
Option 2: Buy a new alternator (or get one at a junkyard) and install it (or have a third party install it).
The faster the alternator turns, the more electricity it produces to run all the electrical stuff in the car and recharge the battery.
It's the original alternator that came with the H100C and has a long case.
According to Mike Dowsett, Visteon's manager of Advanced Powertrain Systems, "The system can be implemented on an existing powertrain very, very easily, and eliminates the need for the starter motor, ring gear, and alternator.
The new Bosch alternator can improve a vehicle's fuel economy by up to 6mpg.
Vosper Thornycroft Controls (VTC) has been contracted by Turbomeca to develop the gas turbine alternator control and monitoring system for the Advanced Cycle Low power -- Gas Turbine Alternator (ACL-GTA) project, which is partially funded by Britain and France.
Hubbard Transport Refrigeration, have launched the Europe, an electrically-driven system capable of cooling complete full-size insulated trailers down to -28[degrees]C, using the alternator fitted to the main engine.
note: On an "update" page at the end, the author adds this: "After some thought and trials, we have determined it would be better to use a newer alternator (as I did with the 1992 Pontiac model) because of the increased efficiency over the older, larger units.