Generator Life and Power Electronics



The deleterious effect of full bridge rectifiers on the output of an AC generator deserves attention from the Naval community. The harmonics observed at the stator of the generator not only introduce hysteresis and eddy current losses, but voltage spikes that impact the life of the generator. The two primary factors compromising life are localized heating due to harmonics and voltage spikes that cause insulation failure through partial discharge. Induced eddy currents are proportional to frequency squared.