THE ELECTRICAL CHARACTERISTIC OF AN ELECTRO HYDRODYNAMIC GENERATOR FOR AN ALTERNATING INPUT
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The electrohydrodynamic generator investigated transforms kinetic energy from a high velocity airstream into recoverable electrical energy by transporting corona discharge ions against an electric field. The oretical and experimental investigations of the electrical characteristics of the generator were conducted for alternating inputs. The feasibility of alternating current power generation was demonstrated, optimum input wave shape and ranges of load resistance and frequency determined, and self-sustained oscillation hypothesized. The output capacitance of the generator proved to be the limiting factor in the experimentation. Further investigation, particularly with a biased alternating input, on a generator designed specifically for alternating current operation is recommended.
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