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Re: 27KW Genset has slight flicker with incandescent lamps

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:40 pm
by Genitup
I wonder why that is?

Re: 27KW Genset has slight flicker with incandescent lamps

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:55 pm
by murphy
Genitup wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:40 pm
I wonder why that is?
Because a 3600 RPM alternator only has two poles. Your power company's alternator has something in the 32 to 36 pole range. A two pole alternator can't create a sine wave. It looks like a triangle wave with the top flattened.

Here is what my old 7 kW generator looked like.
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Re: 27KW Genset has slight flicker with incandescent lamps

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:08 pm
by Genitup
same 2 poles for 1800rpm Generac?

Re: 27KW Genset has slight flicker with incandescent lamps

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:51 pm
by Chris
1800 RPM has 4 poles respectively. Generators just have a 'noisy' sinewave in general. Things like brushed vs brushless can add to it, connected loads, engine stability, etc.