Physics Lesson 16.10.6 - Eddy Currents

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Eddy Currents

The rectangular coil used so far is made of a rectangular frame and an empty internal space. Let's replace it with a solid rectangular plate, as shown in the figure below.

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Again, the moving force F (here due right) encounters an opposition by the magnetic force Fm in the opposite direction. However, the induced current does not flow in a single direction and only in the lateral frame as in the case of rectangular frame discussed earlier, rather, electrons swirl around in circular paths as shown in the figure. The currents produced due to this phenomenon are known as eddy currents (eddy = whirlpool).

Again, in this case, the current induced in the plate generates an induced emf and therefore, it produces some energy dissipated in the form of heat.

You have reached the end of Physics lesson 16.10.6 Eddy Currents. There are 6 lessons in this physics tutorial covering Induction and Energy Transfers, you can access all the lessons from this tutorial below.

More Induction and Energy Transfers Lessons and Learning Resources

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Tutorial IDPhysics Tutorial TitleTutorialVideo
16.10Induction and Energy Transfers
Lesson IDPhysics Lesson TitleLessonVideo
16.10.1Induction and Energy Transfer
16.10.2Rate of Work (Power)
16.10.3Induced Emf
16.10.4Induced Current
16.10.5Power and Energy
16.10.6Eddy Currents

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