MATHER & HOWE
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA.
EXERCISES IN ELECTRICAL
FOR THE USE OF SECOND-YEAR STUDENTS
IN UNIVERSITIES AND TECHNICAL COLLEGES
T. MATHER, W H . SCH., F.R.S., M.I.E.E.
PROFESSOR OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, CENTRAL TECHNICAL COLLEGE
G. W. O. HOWE, WH. SCH., M.Sc., M.I.E.E,
ASSISTANT-PROFESSOR OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, CENTRAL TECHNICAL COLLEGE
41 & 43 MADDOX STREET, BOND STREET, W.
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A CONSIDERABLE time having elapsed since the publication of
a collection of exercises in electrical engineering, the present
moment seems opportune for carrying out a plan which has
often been suggested, namely, the collection and publication
of a selection of the questions set in recent years in the
second-year exercise classes and examinations at the Central
Technical College. The questions have been revised where
necessary, and classified and graded for publication. It is
hoped that they may be found useful in the second-year work
of other colleges and institutions of university rank.
To get a thorough grasp of the matter dealt with in
lectures, it is absolutely essential that students work out for
themselves numerous exercises on the subjects under consider-
ation. If exercise classes are held, these should not be of the
nature of examinations, but the students should be encouraged
to discuss the questions with the lecturer and even with each
From a perusal of the exercises it will be seen that their
object is to cultivate familiarity with, and an exact working
knowledge of, fundamental principles rather than a superficial
knowledge of modern electrical practice.
Answers to the numerical examples have been added at the
end of the book so that the students may have a check on
their work. It is desirable, of course, for the pupils' own
benefit that a question should be worked out carefully before
the answer given in the book is consulted.
Our best thanks are due and are hereby tendered to Mr.
F. B. Meade and Mr. J. C. Hutton, of the Central Technical
College, for much assistance in copying and working out many
of the questions.
G. W. 0. HOWE.
UNITS. OHM'S LAW. JOULE'S LAW. TEMPERA-
TURE COEFFICIENT ..... 1
MAGNETISM. ELECTROMAGNETS ... 6
FORCES ON CONDUCTORS. ELECTROMAGNETIC
INDUCTION ....... 13
INSTRUMENTS . . . . . . .18
DYNAMOS AND MOTORS. WINDINGS. CONNEC-
TIONS. DIRECTION OF ROTATION ... 21
E.M.F. INDUCED IN ARMATURE ... 24
COMMUTATION. ARMATURE REACTION . . 25
CHARACTERISTIC CURVES OF DYNAMOS . . 26
LOSSES IN DYNAMOS AND MOTORS ... 30
MOTOR CHARACTERISTICS 31
MOTOR STARTERS 36
A.C. CURRENTS. R.M.S. VALUES. FORM FACTOR 36
INDUCTANCE ....... 38
CAPACITY. INDUCTION AND CAPACITY . . 41
POWER AND POWER-FACTOR IN A.C. CIRCUITS . 44
A.C. GENERATORS 46
TRANSFORMERS . . . . . . . 47
A.C. MOTORS 48
MISCELLANEOUS A.C. EXERCISES ... 50
TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION OF POWER . 51
SECONDARY BATTERIES. BOOSTERS ... 54
ELECTRIC TRACTION 59
PHOTOMETRY. GLOW LAMPS .... 62
ARC LAMPS 65
ANSWERS . 69
EXERCISES IN ELECTRICAL
I. UNITS ; OHM'S LAW ; JOULE'S LAW ;
1. If a current of 1 ampere deposits 4~ grammes of
silver in one hour, find the amount of silver deposited by a
2. If a current of 5 amperes be taken from 110 volt mains,
find the quantity of electricity passing per hour.
3. If the agreement with an Electric Supply Company is
to the effect that 4rf. shall be charged per Board of Trade
unit, how can the amount of the bill be ascertained from
readings of a coulomb meter ?
$. What exactly is meant by a " quantity of electricity " ?
Compare the industrial value of a quantity of electricity at
the potential of the earth with a quantity of coal-gas at
5. Calculate the relation between the British Thermal
Unit and the Board of Trade Unit.
6. What will be the cost of heating a quart of water to
the boiling-point in an electrical kettle, if the efficiency be
80 per cent, and the cost of electrical energy 2d. per B.O.T.
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7. Calculate the cost of heating 10 Ibs. of water from
60 F. to the boiling-point by means of electrical energy
at one penny per unit. Assume that the apparatus has an
efficiency of 90 per cent. (Mechanical equivalent of heat =
778 foot-pounds per pound degree Fahrenheit.)
8. The average for 1905 in one of the largest and most
economical power stations in the world was 2'38 Ibs. of coal
per K.W.-hour generated. The average calorific value of the
coal was 12,368 B.Th.U. per Ib. Find the overall efficiency,
and state approximately how the losses would be distributed
between the boilers, engines, and dynamos.
9. If a suction-gas plant on full load test burns f Ib. of
anthracite (15,000 B.Th.U. per Ib.) per B.H.P.-hour, what
is the overall efficiency of the producer and engine ?
10. If the British Thermal Unit is equivalent to 778 ft. -
Ibs., find the relation between the horse-power-hour and the
calorie. What amount of coal must be burnt in a modern
power station to supply 10 carbon filament lamps of 16 c.p.
for four hours ? Assume what you consider suitable
11. Describe any method of converting thermal energy
directly into electrical energy. Why has the method
described not been generally adopted on a large scale ?
12. Calculate the relation between the B.O.T. unit, the
horse-power-hour, and the foot-pound.
13. If a reservoir 150 feet above the turbine house
contains 100,000 tons of water, what is the value of the
energy thus stored at one penny per Board of Trade unit ?
1$. Find the cost of hoisting 100 tons 80 feet by means
of an electric motor, if the price of energy is l^d. per unit.
The combined efficiency of motor and gearing may be taken
as 60 per cent.
15. Find the brake horse-power of p a motor to lift 4 tons
a height of 500 feet in 2 minutes, if the efficiency of the
motor is 90 per cent, and that of the gear 80 per cent.
What will the operation cost if the price of energy is 2d. per
16. A centrifugal pump lifts 85 gallons of water per
minute against a head of 35 feet. The motor takes a current
of 10 amperes at 200 volts. Find the overall efficiency of
17. A crane is required to hoist 10 cwts. 50 feet in 15
seconds. The efficiency of the hoisting gear, excluding the
motor, is 70 per cent., while that of the motor alone is 85 per
cent. Find (a) the B.H.P. of the motor, and (#) the cost of
hoisting, per ton, if the price of energy is one penny per
18. What must be the brake horse-power of a motor to
hoist a ton 200 feet in one minute ? Find the cost of each
operation if the price of electrical energy is one penny per
unit. Assume suitable efficiencies.
19. Find the cost of hoisting 4 tons 100 feet in 5 minutes
by means of an electric crane, if energy cost one penny per
kilowatt-hour. Efficiency of motor 90 per cent., efficiency of
gear 80 per cent.
20. G-ive definitions of a watt, a joule, and a Board of
Trade unit. What instruments would you employ to measure
(a) the power supplied to an electric circuit, (b) the energy
supplied to an electric circuit ?
21. If 4 yards 6 inches of No. 20 copper wire (diam. =
0*036") has a resistance of ~ ohm, what is the resistance
between the opposite faces of a cube of copper of 1 cm.
22. Find the specific resistance of mercury from the
practical definition of the ohm.
23. Find the resistance between the brushes of a two-pole
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armature wound with 1000 feet of wire 2 mm. diameter. The
specific resistance of warm copper may be taken as 2 x 10~ 6
ohms per cm. cube.
25. Three resistance coils are connected in parallel.
A P.D. of 10 volts sends a total current of 5 amperes through
them. If two of them are known to be 5 ohm coils, what is
the resistance of the third ?
25. A cylindrical coil has an inner diameter of 2 cms., an
outer diameter of 3 cms., and a length of 4 cms. : find its
resistance if a P.D. of 2 volts is necessary to produce 300
ampere-turns. (Assume that one-half of the available space
is occupied by copper, the remainder by insulation and air
spaces, and that the specific resistance of copper is I'l microhms
per cm. cube.)
26. The shunt dynamo in Fig. 1 produces a P.D. of 105
volts between the brushes. The main conductors have a
resistance throughout of 5 ^ ohm per yard, and at ab, cd, and
ef there are 10 sixteen candle-power lamps in parallel, each
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of which absorbs 60 watts when the P.D. between its
terminals is 100 volts. Calculate what is the actual P.D.
between the terminals of each of the three sets of lamps
27. A dynamo having an E.M.F. of 250 volts and an
armature resistance of 0'25 ohm is charging a battery of
accumulators with a back E.M.F. of 220 volts and a resistance
of 0-1 ohm through a regulating resistance of 0'25 ohm. Find
the P.D. between the various points of the circuit, and also
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the power wasted and usefully employed in both dynamo and
28. Two coils are connected in parallel and a P.D. of
100 volts applied to the terminals. The total current
taken is 15 amperes, and the power dissipated in one of
the coils is 500 watts. What is the resistance of the other
29. Compare the power, and also the energy, given to a
circuit in the following cases :
(a) A continuous current of 12 amperes flowing at a
P.D. of 100 volts for Ij hours ;
() A continuous current of 8 amperes flowing at a P.D.
of 200 volts for f hour.
30. Power is electrically transmitted by means of a given
current generator of fixed E.M.F. and resistance, through a
pair of given conductors to a coil of wire used for warming
water. Calculate (1) what should be the resistance of this
coil so that the water may be heated most rapidly ; and (2)
what should be the resistance of the coil so that f of the
total energy developed by the generator may appear as heat
in the water.
31. The resistance of the field winding of a dynamo is
50 ohms at 15 C. After running for several hours, the current
in the field winding is found to be 2 amperes when the P.D.
between its terminals is 114 volts. What is the average
temperature throughout the winding ?
32. A coil of copper wire having a resistance, when cold,
of 50 ohms, is subjected to two distinct heating tests ; in the
first test a constant P.D. of 100 volts is maintained across it,
whereas in the second test the current is maintained constant
at 2 amperes. Will the final temperatures differ ? if so, why ?
33. A resistance is required to carry a certain current and
to dissipate a certain amount of power without exceeding a
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specified temperature rise. If rnade of copper, 100 feet would
be required with a diameter of ^". Find the length and
diameter of German silver wire to answer the same purpose,
if the conditions as to emissivity and cooling are the same
in each case. The specific resistance of G.S. is 15 times
that of copper.
II. MAGNETISM. ELECTROMAGNETS
1. Two bar magnets are placed in line with their north
poles facing each other at a distance of 10 cms. If the
strength of each pole is 10 units, find the strength of the
magnetic field at a point midway between them.
2. Three bar magnets are arranged so that their north
poles lie on the corners of an equilateral triangle of 6 inches
side, while their south poles are so far away that they may
be neglected. The strengths of the poles are 100, 200, and
300 units respectively. Find the force acting on the pole of
3. Define what is meant by the temporary magnetic induc-
tion, the residual magnetic induction, and the coercive force
of a piece of iron. Discuss the relative values of these three
quantities for soft iron and hard steel.
$. What is meant by magnetomotive force, and how is it
related to electromotive force ? Write out the equation for
the magnetic flux, which corresponds to Ohm's Law for the
5. What analogies exist between a magnetic and an electric
circuit ? How would you decide on the smallest cross -section
to give to any part of the magnetic circuit ? Discuss the plan
used in some of the early dynamos of making the electro-
magnet very long compared with the diameter of the armature.
If this be wrong, then why is a horse-shoe permanent magnet
still made long compared with the dimensions of the armature ?
II. MAGNETISM 7
6. What is meant by the strength of a magnetic field, the
value of the magnetising force, and the magnitude of the
induction in a piece of iron ?
7. Explain exactly what you understand by the symbols
B, H, and /x, and explain the relations between them.
8. Show the analogy, and also the important differences,
between the electric circuit aud the magnetic circuit. What
is the electric equivalent of H ?
9. Explain precisely what is meant by the magnetising
force H. What is the analogous magnitude in the electric
10. The coil of a tangent galvanometer contains 10 turns
and has a diameter of 20 cms. The current passing through
it is 1 ampere. Find the strength of the magnetic field at a
point on the axis of the coil, 10 cms. from the plane of the
11. Deduce from first principles an expression for the
strength of field at the centre of a long solenoid.
12. A glass tube 1" external diameter and 1 yard long is
wound uniformly from end to end with 900 turns of insulated
copper wire, 0'9 mm. diameter bare and 1*0 mm. diameter
over the insulation. Find the strength of the magnetic field
inside the solenoid when a P.D. of two volts is applied to its
13. A straight piece of wrought-iron wire 1 metre long
and 1 mm. diameter is wound uniformly from end to end with
1000 turns of wire. Find the strength of the poles when a
current of 1 ampere is passed through the winding. (See Fig. 2.)
1$. The following data apply to a lecture demonstration of
the magnetometer method of testing the permeability of a
specimen of iron wire. Length of solenoid and wire 1 metre,
turns on solenoid 1400, diameter of iron wire 1-2 mm., distance
from lower pole to needle 8 cms. (at right angles to meridian)
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the upper pole is vertically above the needle ; distance from
mirror to scale, 17 feet ; deflection obtained with 2 amperes,
10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90100110 120130140150
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
80 inches ; horizontal component of the earth's field, 0'18.
Find the permeability of the specimen.
15. A glass tube 1" diameter is bent round to form a ring
of 1 foot mean diameter. How many ampere-turns must be
wound on the ring to produce a total flux of 1000 lines
through the tube ?
16. Find the ampere-turns re-
quired to maintain a flux of 10,000
lines round the wrought-iron ring
(Fig. 3), the mean diameter of
which is a^foot, and which is made
up of three equal lengths of round
bar of 1 cm., 2 cms. and 3 cms. dia-
meter respectively. (See Fig. 2.)
meter round iron.
17. A ring with a mean diameter
of 6 inches is made from \" dia-
It is wound with 100 turns of insulated
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wire. Find the current necessary to produce a total flux in the
ring of 5000 lines. The permeability p may be taken as 1000.
18. An iron ring with a mean circumference of 100 cms.
and a cross-section of 10 sq. cms. is wound with 400 turns of
wire carrying a current of 2 amperes, and the flux is found to
be 100,000 lines. Determine the permeability of the specimen
19. How many ampere-turns are necessary to produce a
flux density of 13,500 lines per sq. cm., in a soft iron ring
15" mean diameter, made of round iron 1/5" diameter, if the
permeability at this flux density be 900 ?
20. An iron ring of 25 cms. mean diameter and 10 sq.
cms. cross-sectional area has an air-gap of 1 mm. It is wound
with 500 turns of wire carrying a current of 8 amperes. If
the permeability be equal to 600, determine the magneto-
motive force of the coil, the reluctance of the ring, and the
flux density in the air gap.
21. Given the following particulars of a direct current
generator, find the ampere-turns which must be wound round
the field to drive the required flux through the air-gap.
Bipolar machine to give 200 volts at 2000 r.p.m. Length
of armature, 32 cms. Length of single air-gap 1*8 cms.
Portion of circumference of armature covered by pole-
faces, 60 cms. Number of conductors round armature,
22. An iron anchor ring of 6" mean diameter is made of
round rod of 0*5" diameter,. and is wound with 250 turns of
insulated wire. If it be sawn through across a diameter, find
approximately the force required to pull the two semicircular
halves apart when the coil is carrying a current of 1 ampere.
The permeability of the iron for various values of the flux
density per sq. cm. is as follows :
B = 8000 ; 10,000 ; 12,000
ft = 2580 ; 2270 ; 1540
23. Calculate the ampere-turns required for the cast-steel
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magnet sketched in Fig. 4. The air-gap density is to be
50,000 lines per sq. inch, and the coils are to be placed on the
polar projections N. and S. The section of each polar
10 15 20
Ampere-turns per cm,
projection is 12 inches square. Leakage can be neglected.
Show the direction of the current in the windings. (See Fig. 5.)
2$. What materials are used in the various parts of the
magnetic circuit of a good modern dynamo ? Give reasons for
their adoption in each case.
25. How would you find the permeability of a sample of
steel for making dynamo or motor field castings ? Draw a curve
showing approximately to scale the variation of permeability
with induction which you would expect in a good sample.
26. How would you determine the magnetic qualities of a
specimen sheet of soft iron ?
27. Explain how you would test a sample of sheet iron as
to its suitability for armature construction. Indicate approxi-
mately the results you would expect.
28. An iron ring has a cross-section of 0*335 sq. cm.
and a mean diameter of 10 cms. It is wound with a magnetis-
ing winding of 320 turns and a secondary winding of 220
turns. On reversing the current of 10 amperes the ballistic
galvanometer gave a reading of 272 ; a Hibbert standard with
10 turns and a flux of 25,200 lines gave a reading of 102.
Find the permeability of the ring.
29. Explain how you could
determine the permeability of
a bar of iron with the help of a
30. A horse-shoe permanent
magnet is fixed in a stand, so
that it can lift the keeper off
the table. If the keeper is taken
off and replaced on the table,
the magnet will lift it again the
moment it is released. This
can be repeated indefinitely.
Explain how it is that the
magnet can do this work and
yet remain unchanged.
31. What is the approximate
amount of energy stored in the
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magnetic field of a solenoid 1 foot long and 1" diameter,
wound with 300 turns, and carrying a current of 5 amperes ?
32. Prove the formula for the lifting power of an electro-
33. Fig. 6 shows an electromagnet constructed throughout
of wrought-iron bar of 2" diameter. If there are 50 turns
on each limb, find the necessary current to support 2 cwts.
(See Fig. 2 for B H curve.)
35. A ring of G" mean diameter is made of y round
wrought iron. If it be split across a diameter, find how many
ampere-turns will be necessary to give it a lifting power of
Given B = 10,000 12,000 15,000
p = 2500 1800 GOO
35. (a) Calculate the ampere-turns necessary to produce
a flux of a million lines
through the magnetic circuit
of the circular lifting magnet
shown in section in Fig. 7.
The cross-sectixm of iron
throughout the magnetic
path is 100 sq. cms., the
mean length of the magnetic
path is 40 cms. Assume an
air gap of 2 mm. between the magnet and the armature.
The quality of the iron is such that
when B = 10,000 lines per sq. cm. /x = 2500
B = 12,000 /* = 1800
B = 15,000 A* = GOO
(5) What weight will the above magnet support under
these conditions ?
FORCES ON CONDUCTORS 13
III. FORCES ON CONDUCTORS. ELECTRO-
1. A current of 400 amperes is carried by two bare copper
wires in parallel. The wires have a diameter of ^", and are
supported side by side, the distance between centres being J".
Find the force on each wire per foot of length.
2. If the connections between a dynamo and an electrolytic
vat taking 1000 amperes consist of two parallel copper bars
supported on insulators 6 inches apart, calculate the mechanical
force between the conductors per foot.
3. The moving coil of a galvanometer has 60 turns, a
width of 2 cms. and a depth of 3 cms. It hangs in the plane
of a magnetic field of 500 C.G.S. units. Find the turning
moment acting upon the coil when it is carrying a current
of 1 milliainpere.
5. A 4-pole cylindrical armature 40 cms. diameter has
944 wires on its periphery. The axial length is 24 cms.
Two-thirds of all the wires are under the poles, and are so
connected that they all exert torque in the same direction.
If the strength of the field between the poles and armature is
7000 units, find the torque exerted on the armature in inch-lbs.
when each wire carries a current of 10 amperes.
5. If the coil shown in Fig. 8 is free to move to the right
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or to the left, consider whether it is in equilibrium or not.
If it is, is the equilibrium stable or unstable ; if not, in which
direction will it move ?
6. A circle of wire is rotated in a uniform field about
a diameter lying along a line of force. Describe exactly what
7. A coil is moved past
magnet poles in the direction
indicated in Fig. 9. State the
direction of the E.M.F. in-
duced in the coil in various
FlG> 9 - positions along its path.
8. A coil is placed in a uniform magnetic field with its
plane perpendicular to the lines of force. It is (#) moved
vertically in its own plane, (#) moved in the direction of the
field, (c) rotated about a vertical axis, (d) rotated about an
axis parallel to the lines of force.
In which case or cases is an E.M.F. induced, and why ?
9. The north pole of a magnet is
moved towards the open loop AB, as
shown in Fig. 10. Which is at the higher
potential, A or B ?
The resistance of the loop AB is 1
ohm, and the ends are joined to form a
continuous ring. As the north pole is
FIG. 10. moved towards it there is a momentary
current of gV ampere. What is the P.D. at this moment
between the joint AB and the opposite point C ?
10. Two bar magnets and a rod of iron are placed as shown
in the two Figs. 11 (a) and 11 (), and a short-circuited coil
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of wire is moved from right to left in each case. Indicate for
each case the direction of the current induced in the coil when
it is at various points of its path, and mark the places, if any,
where the current in the coil reverses.
11. (a) A coil C is moved from a distance towards a magnet
M, then onwards over the magnet the magnet
being then inside the coil and finally is moved off
to the left. At what point will the direction of the
E.M.P. induced in the coil reverse ? (See Fig. 12a.)
Consider the same question when the coil is held
horizontally and is moved under the magnet from
right to left as shown in Fig. 12#.
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(c) If, in the first case, the coil be brought up nearly to
the south pole, then turned through 180, i.e. reversed,
and removed again to the right, trace out the various
changes in the current observed on a galvanometer
in series with the coil.
12. What quantity of electricity will pass in a circuit of
20 ohms resistance containing a horizontal coil of 100 turns
with a mean area of 1000 sq. cms. if the coil be suddenly
turned over in the earth's field ? Horizontal component of
earth's magnetism = 0*18. Angle of dip = 67.
13. A coil is in such a position that 1000 lines of force
pass through it. It is then moved into such a position that
no lines of force pass through it. If the coil has 100 turns
and a resistance of 10 ohms, what quantity of electricity will
flow round the coil if the time taken for the change of position
is (a) 1 second, (&) 10 seconds, and (c) 100 seconds ? What
conclusion can you draw from your answer ?
15. C is a stationary coil of wire carrying a steady current,
as shown by the arrow (Fig. 13), and D is a disc rotating about
an axis which is also the axis of the coil. If there are sliding
contacts at the axis and edge of
the disc, will an induced current
be sent through the galvanometer
Gr, and, if so, in which direction ?
If now the disc is kept at rest and
the coil be rotated about its axis,
sliding contacts being used to
carry the current into and out of
the rotating coil, consider care-
FlG - 13 - fully whether there will be any
difference in the induced current through the galvanometer
Gr, from that obtained in the previous case.
15. Find the change in magnetic density through a search
coil with 10 turns, 5 sq. cms. area, 1 ohm resistance, which
gives a deflection of 160 divisions on a ballistic galvanometer.
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Resistance of galvanometer and leads, 4 ohms. Sensibility
of galvanometer, 1 division per microcoulomb.
16. A circular coil of 100 turns of wire having a mean
diameter of 30 cms. is rotated about a vertical diameter as an
axis at a speed of 16 revolutions per second. Calculate the
value of the instantaneous E.M.F. induced in the coil, (1) when
it is at right-angles to, (2) when it is inclined at 30 to,
(3) when it coincides with, the magnetic meridian. The
horizontal component of the earth's magnetic field may be
taken as 0*18.
17. A coil of 20 turns with a mean area of 5 sq. cms.
and 2 ohms resistance gives a throw of 100 divisions on a
ballistic galvanometer on being turned through 180. The
resistance of the galvanometer and leads is 4 ohms. The
galvanometer gives a throw of 1 division per microcoulomb.
What is the strength of the field in which the coil is placed ?
18. A search coil 5 cms. in diameter is wound with No. 40
wire, and is used with a field tester whose sensibility is 1 division
per 10 microcoulombs and whose resistance is 20 ohms. Find
the number of turns required on the search coil in order that
the density per sq. cm. of the field in which the search coil
is reversed may be ten times the reading. (2'25 feet of No. 40
wire has a resistance of 1 ohm.)
19. When a continuous P.D. of 150 volts was applied to
the field circuit of the Bruce Peebles dynamo, the resistance
of which is 30 ohms, the current rose to 60 per cent, of its
maximum value in T25 seconds. If the bobbins had been
wound with wire of half the diameter (in the same space) and
a P.D. of 600 volts were applied, what time would be necessary
for the current to rise to the same fraction of its ultimate
20. Indicate the general shape of the curve showing the
growth of current following the application of a steady P.D.
to an inductive circuit. What shape will the curve assume
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(1) If the resistance is very large compared with the
(2) If the inductance is very large compared with the
21. Explain exactly what happens when a copper disc is
rotated between the poles of a magnet, as in the Thomson
22. Explain with the aid of sketches what happens when a
large iron disc is rotated so as to cut though the narrow gap
between the poles of a horseshoe magnet.
23. Is there any objection to breaking the field circuit of
a large shunt dynamo ? If so, why ?
25. What precautions would you adopt when breaking a
very inductive circuit ? Explain exactly why such precautions
25. Explain why the spark on breaking the circuit of an
electromagnet is greater than that on breaking a non-inductive
circuit carrying the same current.
26. A circuit is made up of a battery, a solenoid, and a
switch. On opening the switch, a flash is seen. Why is this ?
Will there be any difference in the flash on breaking circuit
if (a) a solid core of soft iron, (#) a core of soft iron wires,
(c) a core of previously non-magnetised steel be placed in the
1. Enumerate the various types of ammeters with which
you are acquainted, and compare their relative advantages
and disadvantages. Give a detailed description of any one
2. Describe briefly, with sketches, the various types of
instruments suitable for measuring alternating currents.
3. A milli-ammeter reading up to 500 milli-amperes has
a resistance of O'l ohm. How could this instrument be
adapted to read (a) voltages up to 200, and (&) currents
up to 20 amperes ?
4. A moving coil instrument has a resistance of 100 ohms,
and gives a full scale deflection with a P.D. of 3 volts. Explain
how you could use the instrument for measuring (1) pressures
up to 120 volts ; (2) currents up to 20 amperes.
5. Describe the principle and construction of a moving
coil ammeter and discuss its advantages and disadvantages as
compared with an ammeter of the hot wire type.
6. A wattmeter is employed to measure the power given to
the apparatus A. Consider the errors that would be intro-
duced by joining up the wattmeter as illustrated in Fig. 14
(1) and (2) respectively, and determine which way would give
the least error. Think out a method of constructing a watt-
meter so that it may be free from the errors introduced by
either method (1) or (2).
7. Describe the principle and construction of a wattmeter.
8. Explain why a voltmeter should have as high a resist-
ance as is practicable. A voltmeter reading from to 3 volts
has a resistance of 300 ohms. How could this instrument be
adapted to read from to 300 volts ?
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9. Show how to construct a C.O. voltmeter which, when
connected to the mains in the generating station, will indicate
the P.D. at the far end of a feeder.
10. Describe with sketches the construction of an elec-
trostatic voltmeter. An electrostatic voltmeter adapted for
measuring the P.D. between two mains of about 2000 volts
has one of its terminals connected with one main, while the
other terminal is by accident left insulated. Consider whether
the voltmeter will indicate any P.D. If so, of what value ?
11. An electrostatic and an electromagnetic voltmeter are
used to measure the P.D. between two direct current mains.
Compare the effects on the readings of these two instruments
of putting in a resistance between the instrument and the
12. Illustrate with sketches some form of coulomb-meter
and mention exactly under what conditions such an instrument
can be used to measure the energy given to an electric circuit
in a given time, and under what conditions it cannot.
13. How does the construction of a quantity-meter differ
from that of an energy-meter ? Under what circumstances
can one be practically used instead of the other ?
1$. What is a coulomb- or quantity-meter ? What are the
principles used in the different types of coulomb-meters ?
15. Explain how the Elihu Thomson energy-meter records
16. If a supply-meter of the motor type has the armature
and brake in the same magnetic field, consider how the rate
will be altered by a weakening of the field.
17. Define a coulomb, a kilowatt, and a Board of Trade
unit. Describe with sketches three instruments such as are
commercially employed for measuring electrical quantities in
these three units respectively.
V. DYNAMOS AND MOTORS 21
18. Why is it desirable to know the maximum current
taken during each quarter by each building that is supplied
with electrical energy in order that the amount of the charge
to be made may be estimated ? G-ive an example of this
method of charging.
19. Describe with sketches the construction of some form
of maximum demand indicator, and consider whether a
Thomson meter could be used both to measure the energy
and the maximum demand if the permanent magnets instead
of being fixed were arranged so as to be capable of motion.
20. What will be the effect on the sensibility of a moving
coil ballistic instrument if the permanent magnet grows weaker ?
In some instruments a small piece of iron is fixed to the
moving coil, and serves to counteract the first effect. How
is this ?
21. Prove that the swing of a moving-coil ballistic gal-
vanometer is approximately proportional to the quantity of
electricity passed through it. Is this true of the moving
needle galvanometer ? If not, why not ?
V. DYNAMOS AND MOTORS: WINDINGS, CON-
NECTIONS, AND DIRECTION OF ROTATION
1. The iron ring of a bipolar Gramme armature has an
external diameter of 12", internal diameter of 9", and an axial
length of 12". It is wound with 1000 turns of 2 mm.
copper wire. What is the approximate resistance between the
2. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of drum and
ring windings for armatures.
3. What happens if the armature of a dynamo is rotated in
the wrong direction ?
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4. The armature of a certain series dynamo is normally
rotated clockwise when looked at from the commutator end.
What will happen if it be driven counter-clockwise without
any other change being made ?
5. Copy the accompanying diagram (Fig. 15). Can it
represent a dynamo turning in a clockwise direction ? If so,
indicate the polarity and the directions of both armature and
6. Make a sketch of a long-shunt compound-wound dynamo
and show clearly the direction of the current in every part
when the machine is running on load.
7. Copy Fig. 16, which represents a compound- wound
dynamo. Put in all the necessary connections and show the
directions of the currents in the armature and field coils,
the direction of rotation of the armature, the position of
V. DYNAMOS AND MOTORS 23
the brushes, the north and south poles of the field magnet, and
the positive and negative terminals of the dynamo.
8. "What is the exact function of a commutator ? Con-
sider whether it is possible by using a commutator to generate
a current always in the same direction in a coil of wire by
moving it in a magnetic field.
9. Draw a diagram of a bipolar Gramme ring motor and
show the polarity of the field magnets, the polarity of the
brushes, the direction of the current in the armature and the
direction of rotation.
10. If we reverse the current through a series motor, do
we thereby reverse the direction of rotation ? Give reasons.
11. The current passing through a shunt motor is reversed.
What effect will be produced on the direction of rotation of
the motor, and why ?
12. Show by means of sketches how to reverse the direction
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of rotation of a inagneto-motor, a series motor, and a shunt
motor, respectively, from a distance.
13. A machine has two windings on the armature, each
winding being provided with a separate commutator and pair
of brashes. One of the windings in combination with the
field magnet is employed as a high P.D. motor to revolve the
armature, while the other armature winding is used to generate
a large current for lighting glow lamps. Make a sketch
showing the direction of rotation of the armature, and the
direction of the current in each armature winding, and con-
sider what will be the demagnetizing action of the armature as
compared with that in an ordinary dynamo or motor.
VI. E.M.F. INDUCED IN ARMATURE
1. One of the coils of a Gramme ring armature is dis-
connected from the commutator but connected by flexible leads
to a galvanometer. On reversing the field current the
maximum galvanometer swing is obtained when the coil is
halfway between two poles, whereas if the field is kept
constant, and the armature turned suddenly through a small
angle, the galvanometer swing is a minimum when the coil is
in this position. Explain this.
2. A rectangle is rotated at uniform speed in a magnetic
field as indicated in Fig. 17. How should a two-part com-
mutator be attached to the ends of the rectangle, and how
should the brushes be placed, to get the best direct E.M.F.
VII. COMMUTATION 25
produced at the brushes ? Give a curve connecting the value
of the E.M.F. with the position of the rectangle.
3. A Gramme ring armature contains 200 turns of wire
and rotates at a speed of 1000 revolutions per minute. Its
diameter is 2 feet and its axial length 1 foot. Each pole
subtends an angle of 120 degrees. The flux density in the
air-gap is 5000 lines per sq. cm. Find the P.D. between the
4. A Gramme ring armature has a simple winding of Z
turns, and rotates at n revolutions per minute. There are 2p
poles, each carrying a flux of N lines. Find the P.D. between
the brushes on open circuit.
5. A bipolar drum armature has 1000 wires on its periphery
and rotates at 500 revolutions per minute. Find the terminal
P.D. if the flux entering the armature from the north pole is
one million lines.
6. The armature of a 2-pole 200 volt continuous current
dynamo has 400 conductors on its periphery and makes 300
revolutions per minute. Calculate the total flux entering the
armature. If the number of turns of wire on each field bobbin
is 1200, what is the average value of the E.M.F. induced in
these coils if the magnetism dies away in ^ of a second ?
7. A bipolar drum armature is built up of 400 core discs,
each 0-025 inch thick, the discs being 7 inches external and 2
inches internal diameter. There are 500 armature conductors
and the machine is driven at 1000 revolutions per minute.
What must be the flux density in the armature in order that
the machine may generate 200 volts at no load ?
VII. COMMUTATION, ARMATURE REACTION
1. Draw a diagram of a Gramme armature winding and
describe the changes of E.M.F. and current in any one coil
during a complete revolution.
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2. Discuss the reasons for shifting the brushes of a dynamo
forward as the load increases. Why are carbon brushes
3. Explain why sparking occurs at the brushes of a dynamo
when they are not placed in the right position.
$. What do you understand by armature reaction ? How
does it affect the operation of dynamos and motors ?
5. Explain with the aid of diagrams the effect of armature
reaction in both dynamos and motors.
6. When the load increases, will the armature of a dynamo
with its brushes in the best position tend to strengthen or
weaken the magnetic field ? Consider also the same question
for a motor.
7. Explain why the forward lead of the brushes of a
dynamo is usually greater than that corresponding to the
magnetic neutral axis. Should the backward lead of motor
brushes be greater or less than that corresponding to the field
8. What kind of lead has to be given to the brushes of
a O.C. motor ? What are the exact causes that necessitate
this particular lead being given to the brushes ?
VIII. CHARACTERISTIC CURVES OF DYNAMOS
1. Sketch and explain briefly the external characteristic
curves of a separately excited, a series, a shunt, and a com-
pound dynamo respectively.
2. Given the curve connecting the P.D. and the external
current for a shunt dynamo running at a particular speed,
the E.M.F. of a battery of storage cells and their resistance,
including that of the leads, show how to ascertain graphically
the charging current which the dynamo, running at the given
speed, will send through the cells.
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3. What is the characteristic curve of a dynamo ? Show
how the characteristic curve of a series dynamo may be used
to determine the current that the dynamo will send through
a battery of accumulators having a given resistance and
5. Compare the shunt and the series dynamo from the
point of view of their suitability for charging accumulators.
5. Can a compound-wound dynamo be safely used for
charging cells ? Give full reasons for your answer.
6. A series dynamo produces an E.M.F. of 5 volts on
open circuit, but on reducing the external resistance the P.D.
falls to zero. What is wrong, and how can the fault be
7. A series dynamo is run at a fixed speed, and the external
resistance, which was originally very large, is gradually reduced.
Draw a curve showing how the current varies with the external
resistance. Consider also the same question with regard to a
8. Having given the external characteristic of a series
dynamo, draw a curve showing the variation of P.D. with
9. You are given the working drawings of a series dynamo
and a description of the windings to be put on the armature
and field magnets. Show exactly how to predetermine the
E.M.F. for a given current and speed of rotation.
10. If the curve connecting P.D. and current of a series
dynamo is given for a certain speed, how would you construct
the similar curve for another speed ?
11. Distinguish between series, shunt, and compound
dynamos. Show the general nature of the characteristic
curves, and compare the relative advantages of each type.
12. A shunt dynamo running at 1300 revolutions per
minute is sending a current of 20 amperes through an outside
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circuit. The machine is stopped and then the speed is run
up again to 1300 revs, per minute, when it is found that,
even on opening the external circuit, the P.D. between the
brushes remains quite small. Explain fully the cause of this.
13. A dynamo is level-compounded at 1000 r.p.m. ; will
it be level-compounded at 750 r.p.m., if the field rheostat
14. A series dynamo has a P.D. of 100 volts between its
terminals when running at 400 r.p.m. and giving 2 kw.
What will be the P.D. if the speed be raised to 700 r.p.m.
and the output to 3 '8 kw. ? Total resistance of machine,
15. Explain all the reasons for the decrease of the terminal
P.D. of a shunt dynamo driven at constant speed as the
current in the external circuit is increased.
16. Draw curves with abscissae representing the external
resistance, and ordinates representing the terminal P.D., in
the case of (a) a series dynamo, (#) a shunt dynamo, (c) a
17. Two precisely similar series machines are coupled
with leads having a known resistance. The current and P.D.
curve of the machines at a certain speed is known. If one of
the machines is driven as a generator at some other speed,
show how to determine graphically the speed at which the
other machine will be driven as a motor when a given current
flows in the circuit.
18. How is the E.M.F. and the P.D. of a series dynamo
connected with the speed, if the current is kept constant ?
19. A dynamo is required to give up to 20 k\v. at a
constant P.D. of 200 volts, at a point J mile away. The
cable used has a resistance of 0*24 ohm per 1000 yards single.
Number of shunt field turns 2000. Find the number of
compound coils required, neglecting their resistance. Fig. 18
VIII. CHARACTERISTIC CURVES
gives the results obtained from tests on the machine when
20. What is the exact function of the series coils in a
compound-wound dynamo ? Criticise the statement that a
compound-wound dynamo is a constant E.M.F. dynamo.
21. Explain fully why a dynamo can be compounded to
25 50 75
produce a constant P.D., but cannot be compounded to
produce a constant current.
22. Prove that a series dynamo driven by a steam engine
without a governor, but supplied with steam at a fixed pressure
in the cylinder, must produce a constant current irrespective
of the load.
23. If the speed of an engine used to drive a dynamo
charging accumulators slows down considerably, explain exactly
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what will happen, (a) if the dynamo be series wound, (b) if it
be shunt wound.
25. The belt driving a dynamo which is charging accumu-
lators breaks. Explain exactly what happens (1) if the dynamo
is shunt wound, (2) if it is series wound.
IX. LOSSES IN DYNAMOS AND MOTORS
1. The resistance of the armature and of the field winding
of a shunt dynamo are respectively 0*15 and 30 ohms, while
that of each of a set of 50 accumulators in series is 0*001
ohm. If the E.M.F. developed by the dynamo be 130 volts
and that of each cell 2*2 volts, calculate what current will be
produced and what proportion of the energy developed by
the dynamo will be used, (1) in charging the cells, (2) in
heating the cells, (3) in heating the armature of the dynamo,
(4) in heating the field winding.
2. Trace the magnetic changes undergone by each particle
of iron in a Gramme ring armature during one complete
revolution of the armature.
3. How will the iron losses in the armature of a dynamo
vary with the speed and with the magnetic flux ? Give
5. What methods are employed to reduce the losses in
dynamos and motors due to (a) eddy currents, (&) hysteresis,
(c) armature reaction, (d) armature copper loss, (e) windage ?
5. What do you understand by the term "leakage
coefficient of a dynamo " ? How would you determine it
experimentally for any given machine ?
6. The power given out by a shunt motor is always less
than the mechanical power supplied to it. Enumerate the
X. MOTOR CHARACTERISTICS 31
various losses and discuss the variation of each loss with
variation of load on the motor.
7. What tests would you make on a new dynamo or motor
before putting it finally into operation ? Describe the con-
struction of the instruments and the methods you would
employ to carry out these tests.
8. A 2000 volt E.M.F. 6'7 ampere constant current dynamo
has a total resistance of 25 ohms. If the line consists of 8
miles of No. 16 copper wire (resistance 7*7 ohms per 1000
yards), calculate the combined efficiency of the dynamo and
line, (a) at full load, (1) at 1000 volts E.M.F.
9. How, and why, do the steady outputs of open, semi-
enclosed, and enclosed motors of the same size vary ? How
does intermittent running affect the rated output of a motor ?
10. Show how to obtain the efficiency of a shunt motor
quickly and approximately without a dynamometer. Point
out the defects of the method and the errors likely to be
X. MOTOR CHARACTERISTICS
1. Current is supplied to a motor of resistance m ohms
through line wires of resistance I by a generator of resistance
g with fixed E.M.F. of E volts. Determine at what speed
the motor should run, (a) so that the total power given to
the motor shall be a maximum, (#) so that the mechanical
power developed by the motor shall be a maximum.
2. Discuss the effect on a shunt motor supplied at constant
P.D. of (a) increasing the load without altering the field
current and (&) weakening the field current without altering
3. If the speed of the armature of a shunt motor be
increased until the E.M.F. it generates exceeds the P.D.
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maintained between the terminals of the machine by the
outside mains to which it is connected, explain how the
current in the armature and in the field coils will be altered
5. If constant P.D. be maintained between the terminals
of a shunt motor, the speed varies to a small extent with the
load. Show how this speed variation is affected by
(a) the resistance of the armature,
(&) the reaction of the armature.
5. In order to keep the speed of a shunt motor exactly
constant, it is necessary to weaken the field as the load is
increased. Explain fully the reason for this.
6. Why does the speed of a shunt motor usually decrease
when resistance is cut out of its field circuit ? Under what
conditions will it not do so ?
7. A bipolar shunt motor has a flux of 5 millions lines
per pole. It has 60 conductors on its armature. The
armature resistance from brush to brush is 1 ohm. The
applied P.D. is 100 volts. Calculate the current taken by
the motor and the speed when loaded with a torque of 85
8. A 200 volt shunt motor takes 3*6 amperes when running
light. To pass 20 amperes through the armature at rest
requires a P.D. of 6'6 volts. The field current is one ampere.
Find the output and efficiency when the motor current is (a)
20 amperes, (#) 40 amperes.
9. When a shunt machine having its brushes connected
with 100 volt mains is driven by an engine at 1000 r.p.m.,
its armature current falls to zero. If uncoupled from the
engine, at what speed will the machine run as a motor when
developing 10 H.P. if its armature resistance is 0'05 ohm ?
10. A shunt dynamo has a capacity of 150 kw. at 500
X. MOTOR CHARACTERISTICS 33
volts, and is driven at a speed of 200 r.p.m. The resistance
of the armature is 0'05 ohm, and the resistance of the field
windings is 200 ohms. If the same machine be run as a
motor, calculate its speed when supplied with 150 kw. at
500 volts. The armature reaction may be neglected.
11. Explain what happens when the field circuit of a
loaded shunt motor is broken.
12. A shunt motor, the resistance of the armature of
which is 0*23 ohm, is connected across supply mains having
a P.D. of 106 volts. On turning the armature at 1200 revs,
per minute it is found that no current passes through it.
Calculate the speed at which it will run when developing
1, 2, and 3 horse-power if armature reaction be neglected.
13. A shunt dynamo has an output of 40 kilowatts at
200 volts and 200 r.p.m. The armature resistance is 0'025
ohm, and field resistance 50 ohms. Calculate its speed as a
shunt motor, taking 40 kilowatts at 200 volts.
15. A 10 H.P. shunt motor is run off the 100 volts supply
mains. It has an armature resistance of 0-05 ohm and a
full-load efficiency of 90 per cent. Find the approximate
change of speed from no-load to full-load.
15. A constant P.D. is maintained at the terminals of a
series motor. The armature is first held at rest and then
allowed to rotate faster and faster. Describe the way in
which the current will vary, and the reason for such a
variation. What determines the steady value of the current
through the motor in such a case ?
16. The torque of a standard tramway motor is given by
T = 21-4 x 10- 6 x NC inch-lbs.,
where N is the flux per pole and C the current supplied to
the motor. How many conductors are there on the motor
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17. If a 4-pole motor has a series-wound armature with
944 conductors on its periphery, prove that the torque is given
by the formula
Torque = 0'307 X 10~ 6 x NO metre-kilogrammes,
where N is the flux per pole and is the current taken by
18. What are the peculiar characteristics of a series motor
which make it suitable for traction purposes ? Compare the
relative merits of a shunt and a series motor for driving a
circular saw through a belt drive.
19. A series motor, employed to raise a definite weight, is
joined up to constant pressure mains with a resistance inserted
between the motor and one of the mains. Describe exactly
what change will be produced in the current, the P.D. between
the motor terminals, and the speed when this resistance is
20. A ventilating fan is driven at 200 revolutions per
minute by a series motor taking 10 amperes at 400 volts. If
the resistance of the motor is 2 ohms, and the resistance to
motion of the air varies as the square of the speed, calculate
approximately the P.D. and current required to run the fan
at 250 revolutions per minute.
21. Why does a series motor race if the load is thrown
off ? A small series fan-motor was found not to race to any
great extent when the blades were removed. What is the
probable cause ?
22. A series motor runs on a constant-torque load, and the
terminal P.D. is kept constant. What determines the speed
at which the motor will run ?
23. A series dynamo is run at a given speed, and observa-
tions made of the current and P.D. for a number of external
resistances. From the curve drawn to represent these results,
show how to construct (1) a curve connecting the E.M.F.
X. MOTOR CHARACTERISTICS 35
and current for that speed, (2) a curve connecting the P.D.
and current when the machine is run as a motor at the same
2$. If it is desired that the energy of a tramcar when
stopping or coasting downhill may not be wasted at the
brakes, but be supplied to other cars on the line, consider
what type of motor must be used, and also what the driver
would have to do when stopping a car.
25. Explain the effect on current and speed of shunting
the field coils of a series motor with a resistance equal to that
of the field coils, if the torque on the motor is unchanged.
26. Explain fully, with sketches, the use of a tramcar
motor as a brake.
27. Describe the methods used for keeping the speeds of
electric motors constant under varying loads. Also explain
how the speeds of motors working under constant torque are
varied in practice.
28. How do the speed and current of (a) a shunt motor,
and (#) a series motor, vary with the torque, if the applied
P.D. is constant ? What advantages has a compound motor
over either of the above types ?
29. Account fully for the behaviour of a shunt motor at
varying loads. How can a motor supplied at constant P.D. be
compounded to run at very nearly constant speed at varying
loads ? Discuss whether armature reaction tends to increase
or diminish this constancy of speed.
30. If a compound dynamo be used as a motor without
altering the connections, in what way will its speed vary when
the load on the motor is varied ? Give reasons.
31. If a motor is differentially compounded so as to run
at exactly the same speed at all loads, how will its starting
torque be affected by trying to start very rapidly ?
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XL MOTOR STARTERS
1. Sketch and describe a motor starter with no voltage
and overload releases, suitable for a 5 H.P. motor. What
resistance should such a starter have ?
2. Calculate the resistances of the various steps and the
number of steps for a 5 H.P. 200 volt shunt motor starter,
capable of starting under full load. Current not to exceed
twice the normal current, and allowed to fall to 1-15 times the
normal current. Efficiency 90 per cent., half the losses being
armature copper losses.
3. Calculate the resistance of the various steps and the
number of steps of a starting resistance for a 20 H.P. series
motor for 500 volts. Assume that the motor starts on full
load with a current variation between 1^ times and twice the
normal full load current. Efficiency of motor, 80 per cent.
Resistance of armature and field, 1 ohm. Assume that the
flux increases 10 per cent, as the current increases from 1| to
twice its normal value.
5. If you were required to design a starting switch and
resistance for a 20 H.P. 400 volt motor as efficiently and yet
as cheaply as possible, what further information would you
require, and how would it affect the design ?
5. Explain how the risk of breaking the field of a shunt
machine is avoided in the ordinary motor starting switch.
XII. ALTERNATING CURRENTS R.M.S. VALUE-
1. Explain what is meant by the root-mean-square value of
a variable electromotive force. Find the R.M.S. value of a
current which has the following steady values for equal
XII. ALTERNATING CURRENTS
intervals of time, suddenly jumping from one value to the
next; 0, 1, 2, 3, 2, 1, 0, -1, -2, -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, etc.
2. A rectified sine-wave has a maximum value of 10
amperes. Find the quantity of electricity passing round the
circuit per hour.
3. A rectified sine-wave P.D. having a maximum value
of 100 volts is applied to a non-inductive resistance of 10
ohms. What will be the readings on a moving coil and a
hot wire ammeter respectively, connected in series with the
resistance ? Why will they differ ? Could such a current
be used for charging accumulators? If so, which type of
ammeter should be used ?
4. An alternating P.D. having a maximum value of 570
volts is applied to a non-inductive resistance of 120 ohms.
Find the average value of the current that flows and the
reading of an electrostatic voltmeter connected across the
5. A direct current
changes in strength every
second from 10 to 5 or
from 5 to 10 amperes as
shown in Fig. 19. Find
the steady current which
has (a) the same electro-
lytic effect, (b) the same
6. Explain exactly what is meant by a root-mean-square
current of 10 amperes. What is the ratio of the R.M.S. to
the mean value of the current, for an alternating current of
sine form ?
7. A hot wire ammeter and a moving coil ammeter were
found to give different readings on a rectified current circuit.
What does each instrument measure, and what would be the
ratio of their readings, assuming the current to be sinusoidal ?
3 1 2
3 4 5
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8. What is meant by the E.M.S. value of an alternating
current or voltage ? An alternating sine-wave P.D. with a
maximum value of 100 volts is applied to a non-inductive
resistance of 5 ohms. A hot wire ammeter and a moving
coil ammeter are connected in series in the circuit. Find the
reading on each.
9. Find the relative heating effect of the two currents
shown in Fig. 20.
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10. Find the form factor of the pulsating P.D. obtained
between one brush on the commutator and one slip ring of a
11. An alternating current has a maximum value of 10
amperes and follows a sine law. What is the greatest rate of
change ? Frequency 50 cycles per second.
1. What do you understand by the term " coefficient of
self-induction of a coil " ? How would you determine it
2. Define the coefficient of self-induction of a circuit.
The coefficient of self-induction of the armature of the
Ferranti alternator is practically constant at all loads, while
that of the Pyke and Harris inductor alternator varies con-
siderably ? Why is this ?
3. How do the following resistances to an alternating
current differ : (a) a straight wire ; (b) a solenoid ; (c) a glow
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lamp ; (d) a water resistance ? Why are concentric mains
employed for alternating current ?
4. A choking coil has a resistance of 10 ohms, but when
connected across 100 volt 50 cycle mains, the current taken
is only 1 ampere. If the coil has 1000 turns of wire, what flux
is produced by a continuous current of 1 ampere ?
5. (a) Calculate the approximate self-induction of a solenoid
1 cm. diameter, 1 metre long with 1000 turns of wire.
(b) Find also its resistance if the wire with which it is
wound has a diameter of J mm.
(c) What P.D. must be applied at any moment if the
current is 1 ampere, but is increasing at the rate of 10,000
amperes per second ?
6. A wooden toroid or anchor ring has a mean diameter
of 6 inches and a circular section of 1 inch diameter. It is
uniformly wound with 400 turns of 1 mm. copper wire.
Calculate its resistance and inductance. Neglect insulation,
and assume p = 0'7 X 10~ 6 ohms per inch cube.
7. How many foot-lbs. of energy are stored in the magnetic
field of a coil of 1 henry self-induction when carrying a con-
tinuous current of 1 ampere ?
8. Explain in your own words why the alternating current
passing through a choking coil lags behind the terminal
9. Explain the effect of self-induction in A.C. circuits,
and prove the formula E = C V R 2 + o> 2 L 2 f or a circuit con-
taining inductance and resistance in series.
10. If a sine-wave P.D. is applied to the terminals of a
choking coil with an iron core, plot out approximately the
shape of the current wave, assuming that the saturation of the
iron is carried very high.
11. Explain exactly what is meant by saying that the alter-
nating current flowing in a circuit lags behind the E.M.F.
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producing it. Find the lag and the maximum value of the
current in a circuit of 2 ohms resistance and O'OOG henry self-
induction, when a sine-wave P.D. of 100 volts R.M.S. value
and 50 cycles per second is applied.
12. An alternating P.D. of 200 volts with a frequency of
50 cycles per second is applied to a coil having a resistance
of T25 ohms and an inductance of 0*07 henry. Find the
value of the current and the cosine of the angle of lag.
13. An alternating current at a frequency of 100 is passed
though a non-inductive resistance of 10 ohms and a choker
whose resistance and inductance are 1*3 ohms and 0*018
henry respectively. When the P.D. across the whole is at
its maximum value of 100 volts, what will be the instantaneous
P.D. across the non-inductive resistance ?
1$. An alternating E.M.F. of 110 volts is applied to an
inductive resistance. When the frequency is 80 the current
is 15'6 amperes, when the frequency is 40 the current is 19*7
amperes, and when the frequency is 120 the current is 121
amperes. Find the value of the resistance, the self-induction
and the time constant of the circuit.
15. What must be the self-induction of a choking coil
placed in series with a 50 volt 10 ampere lamp, so that the
latter may be used on 100 volt 50 cycle mains ?
16. A 30 candle-power 80 volt osram lamp takes f ampere :
what must be the inductance of a choking coil of negligible
resistance which will enable the lamp to be used on a 200 volt
50 cycle circuit ? Find the angle of lag between the P.D.
of the mains and the current. What fraction of a second does
this lag represent ?
17. An alternating current of 10 amperes is passed through
a choking coil with an inductance of O'Ol henry and a negli-
gible resistance, and a non-inductive resistance of 6*28 ohms in
XIV. CAPACITY 41
series with the choking coil. The frequency is 100 cycles per
Find (a) the reading of a voltmeter across the choking coil,
(d) the angle by which the current lags behind the
P.D. across the whole.
18. A wooden cylinder rotates in a uniform field about an
axis perpendicular to the field. This wooden armature carries
two coils, one of 100 turns, the other of 50 turns ; the two
coils are displaced 60 from each other. The strength of field
H = 10, the area of each coil is 2000 sq. cms., the drum rotates
at 1000 r.p.m. Find the reading on a hot wire voltmeter
connected across the two coils in series.
19. A circular coil of 1000 turns of wire is rotated with
a uniform velocity of 20 revolutions per second about one of
its diameters, 50 cms. long, in a uniform magnetic field of
strength 1000 G.G.S. units. If the diameter about which the
coil rotates is perpendicular to the lines of force, calculate the
value in volts and direction of the induced E.M.F. for six
positions of the coil 60 apart and also the R.M.S. value of
the induced E.M.F.
1. Explain what is meant by a condenser and its capacity.
Although the capacity of a condenser made of paraffined paper
may be ten times the capacity of a well insulated Leyden jar,
show how it may be possible to put a much larger charge on
the coatings of the latter than on those of the former.
2. What is an electric condenser, how is it constructed in
practice, and what are its uses ?
3. Explain why a condenser cannot correctly be said to
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4. How many foot-pounds of energy are stored in a
condenser of 20 microfarads charged to a P.D. of 50 volts ?
5. Calculate the energy stored in a condenser of 100
microfarads capacity when the P.D. between its terminals is
6. The insulated spherical conductors A and B (Fig. 21)
^^^^ are connected with the ter-
/^"^\ (III f i m ^ na ^ s f a well-insulated
[*) l|l| I B J battery. State what you
v */ know about the potentials
of A and B in the two dis-
tinct cases (1) and (2).
7. Three similar con-
densers connected in series
FlG> 21 - have a capacity of 1 micro-
farad. Find the combined capacity when connected in
8. Prove the formula giving the relation between the
applied alternating P.D. and the current through a resistance
in series with a condenser.
9. A sine-wave P.D. of 100 volts with a frequency of
50 cycles per second is applied to the terminals of a condenser
of 30 microfarads capacity. What will be the reading on an
A.C. ammeter connected in series with the condenser ? What
quantity of electricity will pass into the condenser during the
time the current is flowing in one direction ?
10. Explain in your own words why a condenser takes
a leading current.
11. Explain how a condenser shunted by a non-inductive
resistance acts like a negative self-induction. Calculate the
equivalent inductance of a given capacity and resistance.
12. A 500-volt motor takes 20 amperes at a power-factor
XIV. INDUCTANCE AND CAPACITY 43
What capacity would have to be employed to
the power-factor to unity ? Frequency 50 cycles per
13. What capacity must be placed in parallel with a
choking coil of 1 ohm resistance and 0'05 henry self-induction
in order to bring the current taken from the mains into phase
with the pressure ? Frequency = 50.
1$. A circuit is made up of an inductive resistance of
7 ohms with a self-induction of 0'04 henry, joined in series
with a condenser of 20 microfarads capacity. Find the current
in the circuit and the P.D. across the inductive resistance
when an alternating P.D. of 200 volts and 50 cycles per
second is applied to the circuit.
15. (a) A 15-ampere arc lamp requires a P.D. of 50 volts
across its terminals, and has to be connected to 100 volt
50 ~ mains. Calculate the value of the inductance to be
placed in series with the lamp and the power-factor of the
arrangement, assuming the power-factor of the lamp itself to
(#) In the above question, how could a condenser be used
to bring the current taken from the mains into phase with the
P.D. ? Calculate the requisite capacity of the condenser.
16. An arc lamp taking 10 amperes at 40 volts is run off
200 volt 50 cycle mains by means of a suitable choking coil.
Find the inductance of the choking coil and the P.D. between
its terminals. How could you make the load non-inductive,
i.e. bring the current taken from the mains into phase with
the P.D. ?
17. A coil having a self-induction of 0'54 henry and a
resistance of 6 '7 ohms is connected in series with a con-
denser of 6 microfarads capacity and a P.D. of 70 volts is
(a) Calculate the frequency to give resonance.
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(#) Calculate the current under these conditions.
(c) What will be the percentage variation in current for
an increase of 1 per cent, in speed ?
18. Why is Ohm's law apparently not true under certain
conditions in an alternating current circuit ? Show how to
determine the value of the resulting current when a P.D. of
given frequency is applied to a circuit containing resistance,
self-induction, and capacity connected in series.
19. Explain the following phenomena observed with the
(a) Using the Wenstrorn machine, which gives a pure sine
wave of P.D. , the current passing through a choking coil with
a saturated iron core was very distorted.
(b) Using the Pyke and Harris alternator, which gives a
peaked wave of E.M.F., the current passing through a choking
coil without iron core was much less peaky, i.e. the irregulari-
ties were smoothed out.
(c) On replacing the choking coil in (])) by a condenser, the
irregularities in the P.D. wave were highly magnified in the
XV. POWER AND POWER-FACTOR IN A.C.
1. A coil has a resistance of 10 ohms and an inductance
of O'Ol henry. If an alternating P.D. of 100 volts with a
frequency of 50 cycles per second is applied to its terminals,
find (a) the current, (#) the power taken by the coil, (c) the
2. What is meant by the power-factor of an alternating
current circuit ? Calculate the power-factor of a circuit of
50 ohms resistance and 0*025 henry inductance, if the fre-
quency is 50 cycles per second.
XV. A.C. POWER AND POWER-FACTOR 45
3. What is meant by the power-factor of a circuit ? Calcu-
late the power-factor of a circuit of 20 ohms resistance, and
0'02 henry self-induction. Frequency 50.
5. Explain how the power-factor of an inductive load is
improved by connecting a condenser in parallel with the load.
What are the advantages of an improved power-factor ?
5. If a non-inductive resistance of one ohm be connected
to an A.C. supply with a frequency of 100 cycles per second,
calculate what amount of self-induction added to the circuit
will reduce the current to J, J, |, , respectively, of what it
would be with no self-induction. What will be the relative
amounts of power given to the circuit in the five cases ?
6. How could the power-factor of a circuit be measured, a
suitable ammeter, voltmeter, and wattmeter being provided ?
Give a diagram of the connections.
7. Find the power taken by a coil without iron core, having
a resistance of 5 ohms and a self-induction of ^ henry, when
an alternating P.D. of 100 volts and 50 ~ is applied to the
8. Why is it more economical to use a choking coil in
series with an arc lamp instead of an ordinary resistance on
alternating current circuits ?
9. Calculate the mean value of the product of two sine
functions of the time having the same frequency but differing
in phase ; and apply your result to show how a dynamometer
may be used to measure the lag between two alternating
10. Prove that, although the alternating current and P.D.
may be in phase, the power-factor is not unity unless they
have the same wave form. (If you can, prove it generally ; if
not, take some specific case.)
11. A 10-ampere A.C. arc lamp requires a terminal P.D. of
35 volts at 50 cycles per second. What must be the self-
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induction of a choking coil to enable the lamp to be run on
100 volt mains ?
Could the choking coil be replaced by a condenser ? If so,
what should its capacity be ?
What is the amount of energy continually being stored
and given out in the above choking coil arid also in the
XVI. A.C. GENERATORS
1. Describe with sketches the main features of construction
of a large modern alternator for 25 cycles per second at a
speed of 300 r.p.m.
2. Explain with sketches the construction of an alternator
of (a) copper type, (b) iron type, (c) inductor type. Which
type would you advise for use in (a) a railway generating
station ; (b) for use with a high-speed engine on an electric
lighting circuit with a fairly constant load ; (c) for use in a
district where noiselessness is of first consideration ?
3. What is the principle of the inductor alternator ? Give
a sketch of a good type of inductor alternator, showing clearly
the armature and field coils and the path of the flux.
5. What advantages are possessed by three-phase as com-
pared with single-phase alternators ?
5. Explain how it is that the E.M.F. curve of an alter-
nator with a distributed winding is more nearly a sine wave
than the E.M.F. induced in any one of the coils in the
6. The armature of a single-phase alternator is completely
covered with a uniformly distributed winding of S tarns in
series. The R.M.S., E.M.F. induced in one turn is 1 volt.
What is the E.M.F. of the whole armature winding ?
7. A B.C. motor armature is tapped at three equidistant
XVII TRANSFORMERS 47
points on the winding and connected to three insulated slip-
rings on the shaft. If the P.D. between the brushes on the
commutator is 100 volts, what will be the R.M.S. value of the
P.D. between two of the slip-rings ?
8. Two rectangular coils are arranged so that one can turn
within the other, somewhat like the coils of an electro-dynamo-
meter. How will the fixed coil be affected if the moving coil
is supplied with alternating current at a frequency of 50, and
is simultaneously revolved at a speed of 3000 revolutions per
1. Explain briefly with the aid of a simple vector diagram
the action of a transformer.
2. Give a vector diagram showing the primary and
secondary voltages and currents in a transformer (1) when
unloaded, (2) with a non-inductive load, (3) with an inductive
3. A 500 kilowatt step-up transformer has 100 turns in the
primary winding and 10,000 in the secondary winding. The
primary terminal P.D. is 500 volts at 25 cycles per second.
The resistances of the two windings are ohm and 20
(a) If the maximum flux density is 5000 lines per sq. cm.,
find the cross-sectional area of the core.
(#) Find secondary terminal P.D. on full load, assuming
that all the pressure drop is due to resistance and that the
load is non-inductive.
$. Upon what does the ratio of the primary to the secondary
P.D. of a transformer depend ?
Explain carefully how the relation is affected when the
transformer is loaded.
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5. Upon what does the P.D. between the secondary
terminals of a transformer depend ? How is this P.D. affected
by changes of load if the primary voltage is kept constant ?
6. Enumerate the various losses of energy in a transformer
and state how each loss is dependent upon (a) the load on the
transformer, (#) the frequency of supply.
7. Enumerate the various causes leading to
(a) Losses of power in transformers ;
(&) Pressure drop in transformers ;
and indicate the means by which these may be reduced to
8. Describe the various losses which occur in a transformer.
How does each loss affect the working of the transformer ?
9. Give a complete account of the method of measuring
the power and efficiency of a transformer.
10. Alcohol, instead of mercury, thermometers are some-
times used in testing transformers. Why is this ?
11. What tests would you carry out on a transformer
before accepting it ?
12. What would be the effect of introducing an air-gap
of say J" in any part of the magnetic circuit of a transformer ?
XVIII. ALTERNATING CURRENT MOTORS
1. Describe the principle and construction of a three-phase
induction motor. What are the disadvantages of this type of
2. How many poles has a 3-phase generator running at
250 r.p.m. and giving 50 cycles per second ?
What would be the speed of an induction motor having the
same number of poles but having 5 per cent, slip at full load ?
XVIIL A.C. MOTORS 49
3. A 6-pole 3-phase induction motor is operated from
a supply having a frequency of 25 cycles per second. The
slip at full load is 5 per cent., what is the speed of the motor ?
$. Explain with the aid of diagrams how a uniform
rotating field is produced in a polyphase induction motor,
and show why the motor revolves.
Find the speed of a 3-phase 6-pole induction motor when
supplied with current at a frequency of 50 cycles per second,
if the slip be 4 per cent.
5. An alternator is coupled to an engine running at
250 r.p.m. The frequency of the alternator P.D. is 50 cycles
per second. How many poles has the machine ? At what
speed would an 8-pole synchronous motor run when connected
to these 50 cycle supply mains ?
6. Show how the rotating field is produced in a polyphase
induction motor, and explain why a starting resistance is
necessary for large motors of this type.
7. Explain with the help of diagrams the production of
a rotating field by means of 3-phase current.
8. Explain how a rotating uniform magnetic field is pro-
duced in a 2-phase induction motor. Why are squirrel-cage
motors rarely used in large sizes ?
9. Enumerate the various sources of loss of energy in an
10. Enumerate the various methods of starting both
synchronous and induction motors. What is the relation
between speed and torque in the two types ?
11. Enumerate the properties, and state the most suit-
able applications of synchronous and asynchronous motors
12. How is it that putting a load on a squirrel-cage
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induction motor causes the current taken by the motor to
13. Explain exactly how you could reverse the direction
of rotation of (1) a 2-phase induction motor ; (2) a 3-phase
1$. Sketch the speed load curve for a synchronous and an
induction motor respectively.
What are the principal characteristics and uses of these
two types of A.O. motors ?
XIX. MISCELLANEOUS A.C. EXERCISES
1. Explain the working of the Duddell oscillograph, show-
ing how a stationary wave is produced and what the wave
means. Would the current wave be the same if taken in any
part of the same circuit at the same time and under the same
2. How would you measure the power given to a trans-
former by means of an oscillograph ?
3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of alternating
currents for practical work as compared with continuous
4. What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of
single and 3-phase systems with regard to (a) generation,
() transmission, (c) distribution ?
5. Explain what is meant by star and delta connection in
3-phase work ? If three 100-ohrn resistances are star-connected
to a 3-phase supply with 500 volts between the lines, find the
6. Define "power-factor" and "load-factor," and explain
their importance from the point of view of the engineer of
an electric generating station.
XX. ELECTRICAL TRANSMISSION 51
7. Define the terms " form-factor," " power-factor," and
" load-factor." What influences have the latter two factors
on the efficient working of a central station ?
8. Under what conditions would you use a choking coil,
in preference to a resistance, to steady an arc lamp ?
9. A rotary converter is connected both to D.C. and A.C.
mains. What determines to which circuit the converter will
deliver energy ?
10. Would you rather use a motor generator or a rotary
converter to transform from high pressure A.C. to low
pressure D.C. ? Give reasons for your choice.
XX. THE TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION OF
1. (a) Calculate the distance to which 10,000 K.W., at
60,000 volts, can be transmitted over cables O'l square inch
cross-section, with a line resistance loss of 20 per cent, of the
1 mile of 0'2 square inch cable has a resistance of 0'2
(&) Calculate the cross-section of the cable to transmit the
same power at 2000 volts over the same distance, with the
same percentage loss as above.
2. Calculate the diameter of the cable necessary to deliver
1000 K.W. at 30,000 volts P.D., 50 miles away, if 100 K.W.
be wasted in line resistance losses.
Resistance of 1 mile of 0*08 square inch cable is 0'55
3. It is required to deliver 1000 H.P. at 30,000 volts at
a point 60 miles away with an efficiency of 75 per cent. What
must be the resistance and cross-section of the line ?
5. What size of copper wire should be employed to
52 EXERCISES IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
transmit 10,000 H.P. a distance of 100 miles, (a) at 10,000
volts, (J) at 100,000 volts ?
Assume single-phase transmission with 90 per cent,
5. A 50 H.P. 500 volt motor is to be supplied with con-
tinuous current from a distributing centre 250 yards away.
The efficiency of the motor is 80 per cent. What must be the
cross-section of the cable, if the loss in transmission be 3 per
cent, of the motor output ? Specific resistance of copper may
be taken as 0*66 x 10" 6 ohms per inch cube.
6. Find the cost of copper to transmit 15,000 K.W. a
distance of 100 miles, allowing 15 per cent, loss in line with
voltages of (a) 10,000, () 140,000 at the receiving end.
Specific resistance of copper, 0'66 microhm per inch cube.
Weight of a cubic inch, 0'32 Ib. Cost of copper, 80 per ton.
7. Calculate the distance to which 10,000 K.W. at 60,000
volts can be transmitted and delivered over a cable O'l square
inch cross-section, having a resistance of 0'44 ohm per mile,
with a line resistance loss of 20 per cent, of the power
8. 400 H.P. has to be transmitted a certain distance.
Calculate the relative cost of copper in the following two cases,
allowing a loss of 20 per cent, of the original power : (a) Con-
tinuous current, 500 volts at receiving end ; (&) alternating
current, 2000 volts at receiving end. Efficiency of step-down
transformers at receiving end, 90 per cent.
9. Assuming the price of copper to be 80 per ton and the
cost of poles, etc., and erection to equal the cost of the copper,
consider the advisability of building a generating station 100
miles away from London with coal at 5s. per ton, instead of in
London with coal at 15s. per ton.
Maximum output of station = 40,000 K.W.
Pressure of transmission = 60,000 volts.
XX. ELECTRICAL TRANSMISSION 53
Annual load factor = J.
Assume 2J Ibs. of coal per B.O.T. unit.
Allow 10 per cent, for interest and depreciation on line.
Assume 80 per cent, efficiency of transmission.
Specific gravity of copper, 8'9. Specific resistance, 0'66
microhm per inch cube.
10. Tabulate the advantages and disadvantages of using
large P.D.s for the transmission of power.
11. If it be decided to treble the power received by glow
lamps at the end of a given pair of mains without wasting a
greater percentage of the power en route, calculate what change
must be made in the P.D. between the mains at the trans-
mitting end and in the pressure at which the lamps are
intended to run at the receiving end.
12. Compare the relative advantages and disadvantages of
continuous and alternating current systems for a large coal
13. What are the advantages and disadvantages of alter-
nate current as compared with continuous current electric
distribution ? How low may be the frequency supplied to a
glow lamp without the eye noticing the periodic changes of
1$. Explain clearly the advantages of transmitting power
at a high voltage. What is the advantage of using alternating
current for a high voltage transmission, and what con-
siderations will limit the voltage used ?
15. Consider the conditions likely to determine the most
economical voltage for a transmission scheme in the colonies.
16. What are the special advantages and disadvantages of
large P.D. continuous current systems ?
17. Give a brief account of the Thury system of the
electric transmission of energy by means of high voltage
54 EXERCISES IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
What are the practical considerations which limit the
distance to which electrical energy can be transmitted ?
18. What would you consider the best type of cable for
connecting an electric coal-cutter with the supply mains ?
19. Describe briefly the principle of the 3-wire system of
distribution, and discuss its advantages and disadvantages
compared with the 2-wire system.
20. What are the advantages of the 3-wire system of
distribution ? Describe the several methods employed. Why
must a fuse or any other description of cut-out never be
placed in the neutral wire ?
21. A dynamo is supplying current for lighting a building
half a mile away on the 3-wire system. The cross-section of
the two outer wires is 0*3 square inch each, and that of the
neutral 0'15 square inch. There are 500 lamps on one side
and 300 lamps on the other, each lamp taking 0'3 ampere.
What voltage must be maintained at the generator end of the
feeder, (a) between positive lead and neutral wire, (Z>) between
negative lead and neutral wire, in order that the pressure
across each lamp may be 200 volts ? (Resistance of an inch
cube of copper may be taken to be f microhm.)
22. Explain the action of a motor balancer set in a 3-wire
23. Is an A.C. 3-wire system possible ? If so, what sort of
balancer could be employed ? How could it be regulated ?
XXI. SECONDARY BATTERIES
1. Why is a secondary battery called an accumulator ?
What does it accumulate ? Give approximately the connection
between the weight of a secondary battery, the horse-power
XXL SECONDARY BATTERIES 55
which it can steadily develop without injury, and the number
of foot-pounds which it can give out.
2. Why are some cells called primary and others secondary ?
What are their relative advantages and what are the faults to
be especially guarded against in secondary cells ?
3. Describe briefly the improvements that have been
introduced into accumulators during the past eighteen years.
5. What are the industrial uses of accumulators, and which
are the properties of an accumulator that are particularly
valuable in each case ?
5. Show how the resistance of a storage cell may be
ascertained at frequent times while it is being charged, and
how the energy wasted in charging the cell (apart from that
wasted in discharging it) can be measured.
6. Give approximately the numerical results that you
would expect to find on testing a good accumulator intended
for road traction.
7. A set of accumulators is being charged by means of a
series dynamo. Explain fully why the lowering of the speed,
even for a very short time, may produce serious damage both
to the cells and the dynamo. What sort of result do you
think would be obtained if cells were charged with a Thomson-
Houston constant current dynamo ?
8. State approximately the current that may be taken from
a square foot of the positive plate of an accumulator without
damage and the energy in foot-pounds that can be safely taken
out of one pound weight of positive plate.
9. Describe all the precautions that should be taken in
using accumulators in order that they may have a long life.
10. Find the capacity of a battery of 100 cells connected
in series, if the capacity of each cell be 300 ampere-hours.
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11. Taking the mean P.D. that has to be maintained
between the terminals of an accumulator in charging as 2*1
volts, and the mean P.D. maintained between the terminals in
discharging as 1*9 volts, and assuming that the total quantity
of electricity that passes through in discharging is 90 per cent.
of the quantity that passes through in charging, what is the
energy efficiency of the accumulator ?
12. If the E.M.F. of a storage cell on charge and
discharge be 2'1 and 1'95 volts respectively, find the difference
in foot-pounds in the energy stored and restored when 100
ampere-hours are passed through the cell.
13. Enumerate the various causes of the excessive weight
of secondary cells, and discuss the possibility of reducing it.
1$. After fully charging a secondary cell to 2*5 volts and
letting it stand, the P.D. is found to fall gradually, whereas on
standing after discharge to 1*8 volts the P.D gradually rises.
Explain these phenomena.
15. A storage cell contains 15 plates, each plate is 10"
square and ^" from its neighbour. Find the resistance
of the electrolyte if 1 inch cube of the solution has 3 ohms
16. If it is only the spongy lead on the surface of the
accumulator plate that takes part in the chemical action, why
are accumulator plates always rendered heavy by being made of
thick lead ? Why is it that a depth of 3 inches is always left
between the bottom of the plates and the bottom of the
17. Explain why the discharge of an accumulator should
be stopped when the P.D. drops to a certain value.
18. Draw the normal curves of charge and discharge of an
accumulator with constant current, and explain iti detail the
reason for their particular shapes.
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19. A cell which cannot be detached from a battery of
accumulators wants charging for a longer time than the other
cells. Describe with sketches how you would do this.
20. A battery of accumulators is being charged. What
indications would serve to show when the cells are fully
charged, and what signs would lead you to suspect that any
individual cell was out of order ? What steps would you take
to discover the fault and remedy it ?
21. A battery consists of 55 storage cells in series, each cell
has a resistance of O'OOl ohm, an E.M.F. of 2'05 volts, and
contains 10 + and 11 - plates 12" X 12". If 0'04 ampere be
taken from the cells per square inch of positive plate surface,
what will be the P.I), at the distributing board at full load
current, if the leads to the board have a resistance of 0'017
22. Give a simple explanation of the chemical actions
involved in charging and discharging an accumulator.
Explain the changes which occur in the specific gravity of
23. Explain the chemical action of the secondary cell
during charging and discharging. Why should the cell never
be discharged below 1/8 volts ?
24. Explain why the density of the acid serves as an
indication of the state of charge of an accumulator.
25. A storage cell is being charged with a current of 36
amperes. Find the weight of sulphuric acid liberated per hour
due to the chemical action taking place, having given that 1
coulomb of electricity deposits 0-00107 gramme of lead. Find
also the weight of lead peroxide formed in the same time.
26. If the capacity of a cell for central station use is about
2J ampare-hours per pound of cell, what percentage of the
total weight of the cell enters into the chemical reactions ?
58 EXERCISES IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
27. Why has accumulator traction not proved satisfactory
up to the present ?
28. How far will a battery weighing 10 cwt. propel a cab
weighing 1^ tons (including battery and motor) ? The output
of the battery is 10 watt-hours per pound weight. Resistance
to traction is 30 pounds per ton. Efficiency of motor and
gearing 75 per cent.
29. A tramcar weighing 6 tons without battery is to be
propelled at 10 m.p.h. If the power given by the cells is 7
watts per pound and the necessary tractive force 15 pounds
per ton, find the weight of cells required. Efficiency of motor
85 per cent.
30. What are the advantages and disadvantages of accu-
mulators for electric traction ?
A car is fitted with accumulators and a motor which has to
develop 1J H.P. for 4 hours. What must be about the least
weight of the motor and of the accumulators so that they will
stand this discharge without damage ? Also about how much
energy must be used in replacing the energy taken out in the
31. When accumulators are charged by a dynamo driven
by a gas engine, the engine can be started by means of the
accumulators, the dynamo automatically changing from a
motor into a dynamo when the gas engine gets up speed. Give
sketches showing this arrangement in detail.
32. What are the advantages of accumulators in an electric
generating station ? Sketch the arrangement of a good
battery switch to enable the battery to be charged from a
dynamo and at the same time be connected to the supply
33. Explain how a storage battery is utilised in a central
station to keep the load on the generators constant. What is
the function of a booster in such a station ?
XXII. ELECTRIC TRACTION 59
3$. What advantages and disadvantages are introduced by
having a battery in a tramway generating station ?
35. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of an
accumulator battery as compared with spare generators, (a) in
a lighting station, (b) in a traction station.
36. Describe the action of a battery as commonly used in
a traction station. Explain the effect of adding an automatic
37. What is the function of a booster in a central station ?
A reversible booster is used in conjunction with a 200 volt
battery having a discharge capacity of 200 amperes. The
charging current until the P.D. of each cell rises to 2*3 volts
is 100 amperes and from 2'3 volts to the end of charge is 50
amperes. Find the K.W. capacities of the booster and booster-
XXII. ELECTRIC TRACTION
1. If the tractive resistance of a car on the level be 30
pounds per ton, find the gradient down which the car will
coast at a uniform speed.
2. Find the relation between the tractive resistance in
pounds per ton and the energy consumption in watt-hours per
How many watt-hours per ton-mile must be added for a
1 per cent, gradient ?
3. What are the factors which determine the mechanical
pull required to draw a car along a line ? A trarncar is
equipped with 2 motors and is running on a line up an incline
of 1 in 30. The weight of the car is 12 tons and the resistance
to traction 25 pounds per ton. If the motors are exerting 10
H.P. each, find the speed of the car in miles per hour.
60 EXERCISES IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
$. Weight of locomotive = 40 tons.
"Weight of train (without locomotive) = 250 tons.
Tractive resistance = 12 pounds per ton.
What is the maximum acceleration possible on the level,
and what time is required to reach a speed of 60 miles per
hour, if the rails are clean but wet and give an adhesive force
on the wheel of 15 per cent, of the dead weight ? Assume
total weight of locomotive on driving wheels.
5. A tramcar weighing, when loaded, 12 tons has motors
which give a torque of 5000 pound-feet on the wheels while
starting. The tractive effort required to overcome friction is
20 pounds per ton. Diameter of wheel 30 inches. Find the
time taken to bring the car from rest up to a speed of 15 miles
6. A train of 50 coal trucks each weighing 15 cwt. is being
hauled up an incline of 1 in 20 at the rate of 2 miles per hour.
The tractive force required on the level is 50 pounds per ton.
What current will be taken by the 200 volt haulage motor,
the efficiency of which, inclusive of gearing, may be taken as
60 per cent. ?
7. The resistance to traction of a tramcar on the level is
15 pounds per ton. The highest speed attainable by a 10-ton
car up an incline of 1 in 40 is 8 miles per hour. Find the
current taken in this case from the 500 volt trolley wire, if the
combined efficiency of motor and gearing be 75 per cent.
8. An electric train, weighing 100 tons, is standing on an
incline of 1 in 40. The tractive force is 15 pounds per ton on
the level. The train starts up the slope with a uniformly
increasing speed, attaining the full speed of 25 miles per hour
in 15 seconds. The gear ratio is 4*8, the wheels are 33"
diameter, the efficiency of the gearing is 80 per cent., and there
are four motors. What torque must be exerted by each motor
during the start ?
9. What weight of cells would be necessary to make a 50
XXII. ELECTRIC TRACTION 61
mile run with a driver and 4 passengers in a carriage weighing
1 ton without passengers or cells ? Assume a level road,
tractive force 20 pounds per ton : 1 pound of cells gives 8 to
10. An electric automobile weighs 2 tons gross, 15 cwt. of
which is due to the cells. If the cells have a capacity of 10
watt-hours per pound weight, and the efficiency of the motor
and gearing be 70 per cent., what distance would it be possible
to run on a single charge, if the tractive force on the level be
50 pounds per ton and the average gradient a rise of 1 in
11. Tabulate the advantages and disadvantages of the
trolley system, conduit system, and surface-contact system of
electric traction for street tramways.
12. How can the series motors of a tramcar be used as
brakes ? Give a diagram showing the alteration of connections
from running to braking position.
13. What is the principle and object of series-parallel
control of traction motors ? Explain the various steps by
which a tramcar with two motors is gradually started and
brought up to full speed.
1$. What are the advantages of series parallel control in
traction work ? Give a sketch showing the connections of the
reversing barrel of a tramcar controller.
15. In what proportion is the energy wasted in starting
resistance reduced by the use of two motors and series-parallel
control ? What further reduction could be effected by the
employment of 4 motors ?
16. What is the principle and action of the magnetic blow-
out in a tramcar controller ? Give a sketch showing the
arrangement of the magnet coil and the path of the flux in a
62 EXERCISES IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
XXIII. PHOTOMETRY. GLOW LAMPS.
1. State the principles upon which the measurement of the
intensity of a source of light depends. Describe a reliable
form of photometer and the method of using it to obtain the
candle-power of a glow lamp.
2. If the barometer varies over a range of 3 inches and the
humidity of the air varies from 2 to 20 litres per cubic metre,
find the greatest possible difference in the candle-power of a
16 c.p. glow lamp as determined by means of a Pentane lamp
on two different occasions. Tests made at the National
Physical Laboratory showed that the candle-power of a 10 c.p.
Pentane lamp was given by the formula
C.P. = 10 - 0-008(760 - I) + 0-066(10 - A)
where # = height of barometer in mm. and h = humidity in
litres of water vapour per cubic metre of dry air.
3. Give a brief account of the method of manufacture of
modern carbon filament glow lamps. How are the dimensions
of the filament for a given candle-power influenced by the
voltage for which the lamp is designed ?
4. Why do incandescent lamps use a greater number of
watts per candle than arc lamps ? What are the considerations
that enable you to settle the proper P.D. to maintain at the
terminals of an incandescent lamp ? Consider whether in-
candescent lamps when supplied with alternate current should
have a greater or less pressure maintained between the
terminals than when supplied with continuous current.
5. Glow lamps are purchased for running at 100 volts.
Consider what will be the advantages and disadvantages of
running them at a steady pressure of, (a) 97 volts instead of
100, (fe) 103 volts instead of 100. Give examples when it
would be profitable to adopt (a) and when to adopt (6).
XXIIL-GLOW LAMPS 63
6. Why are metallic filament lamps of small candle-power
only made for low voltages ? How is this disadvantage over-
come in the use of the lamps on high voltage systems ?
7. Why is a ballast resistance necessary in the Nernst
lamp ? Explain the peculiar type of resistance employed.
8. The ballast resistances of Nernst lamps are contained
in bulbs filled with hydrogen because the hydrogen cools the
filament much better than would a vacuum. Explain the
meaning of this statement in face of the fact that the iron
wire has to be raised to a red heat to make it effective.
9. What are the points to be considered in ascertaining the
best P.D. to be maintained between the terminals of a
particular type of glow lamp ? What are the advantages and
disadvantages of changing over the supply of electric energy
in a district from 100 volts to 200 volts ?
10. A tantalum lamp for 110 volts has a filament 650
mm. long and ~Q mm. diameter. The specific resistance of
tantalum when running is 83 microhms per cm. cube. The
efficiency is If watts per candle. What is the candle-power
of the lamp ?
11. The B.O.T. limits the variation of P.D. on a consumer's
terminals to 4 per cent, above or below the declared pressure.
To what variation of candle-power does this correspond : (a)
for a carbon lamp, and (5) a metal filament lamp, the index for
the relation between O.P. and P.D. being 6*5 and 4 re-
12. If the C.P. of a glow lamp varies as the cube of the
watts and also as the seventh power of the voltage, find the
efficiency of a lamp at 90 volts which at 100 volts gave 16 c.p.
for | ampere.
13. Write down in symbols or figures the approximate
64 EXERCISES IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
(a) Candle-power and potential difference ;
(6) and current
for electric glow lamps under normal conditions of use. Com-
pare the ratios of the corresponding constants in (a) and (6)
for carbon filament and metallic filament lamps respectively,
of equal candle-power and voltage. Explain the differences, if
any, in these ratios for the two kinds of lamps.
14. If the candle power of a carbon filament glow lamp
varies as V 7 and also as C 3 , find the relation between current
15. Draw curves showing approximately the relation
between (a) C.P. and P.D., (6) C.P. and current, (c) C.P. and
watts per C.P. in a 16 C.P. 200 volt carbon filament glow
16. If carbon glow lamps costing Is. each produce 1C
candles when run at 3 watts per candle and last 500 hours,
while they produce 13 candles and last 1000 hours, when run
at 4 watts per candle, calculate which is the more economical
number of watts per candle to employ when a B.O.T. unit
17. If the wholesale price of a good modern glow lamp be
taken at 2s., calculate at about what price it would be
necessary to be able to obtain a B.O.T. unit so that light for
light electricity could compete with gas.
Take gas at 2s. IQd. per 1000 cubic feet, and inverted burners
giving 10 candle-hours per cubic foot. Assume consumption
of 1*3 watts per candle for electric lamp. Cost of mantle, 4d. ;
life of mantle, 300 hours. Life of electric lamp, 1200
hours. Assume 50 c.p. lamps.
18. If a new 16 c.p. carbon lamp cost Is. and take 60
watts, find when it must be replaced in order to get the
minimum total cost per candle-hour under the following con-
Cost of energy, 4=d. per unit. Watts taken by lamp
XXIV. ARC LAMPS 65
constant during whole life, but C.P. decreases uniformly,
reaching 8 c.p. after 1000 hours.
19. What life must a 16 c.p. metallic filament lamp have
to make it as efficient as regards total cost per candle-hour as
the ordinary carbon filament lamp, assuming the former takes
1J watts per candle-power and costs 2s. 9d, while the latter
takes 4 watts per candle-power, costs 9^., and is renewed every
1000 hours ? Neglect decrease of C.P. during life. Energy
4d. per unit.
20. If a Welsbach burner gives an average of 6 candle-
hours per cubic foot of gas, if a mantle lasts 300 hours and
costs 5^., and the price of gas is 2s. Wd. per 1000 cubic feet,
calculate at what price a B.O.T. unit must be sold so that
using 20 watt 16 c.p. lamps lasting 600 hours and costing
2s. Qd. each may be as economical as employing Welsbach
burners. Assume 40 c.p. for the gas burner.
21. The following are the results obtained on testing
carbon glow lamps ruu^at 100 volts
Time in Hours. C.P. per Lamp. Current in Amperes.
16 ... 0-62
100 18 ... 0-65
250 16 ... 0-64
500 *^.?" 15 ... 0-68
750 ... 14 ... 070
1000 ... 12 ... 0-70
The price of a B.O.T. unit is 3J<#., price of a new lamp is
9d., and the lamps are renewed every 800 hours. Calculate
the average cost of 100 candle-hours. In this case which will
diminish the cost of lighting the more, a 20 per cent, reduction
in the price of a lamp or in the cost of a B.O.T. unit ?
XXIV. ARC LAMPS
1. What do you understand by the candle-power of (a) a
glow lamp, (Z>) an arc lamp ? How would you determine the
candle-power in each case ?
66 EXERCISES IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
2. Why is it necessary to place a resistance in series with
an arc lamp ? Under what circumstances could the resistance
be replaced by a choking coil ?
3. An arc lamp using solid carbons 5 mm. apart and taking
10 amperes is to be run off a 100 volt circuit. What resistance
will it be necessary to insert in series with the arc and how
many watts will be spent in the resistance ? What proportion
of the whole power is used in the arc ? (See Fig. 22.*)
2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30
Current in Amperes
FIG. 22. P.D. and current for different lengths of arc. Solid carbon
+ 11 mm., 9 mm. diameter.
$. An arc is maintained between solid carbons of 11 and 9
mm. diameter. The supply P.D. is 70 volts and the resistance
in series with the arc is 1J ohms. What are the limits between
* Fig. 22 is reproduced from Mrs. Ayrton's book " The Electric Arc,"
by the kind permission of the authoress and publishers.
XXIV. ARC LAMPS 67
which the length of the arc can be varied and what are the
greatest and smallest currents ? (See Fig. 22.)
5. How does the P.D. between the carbons of a direct
current open arc change when the carbons are slowly separated
and the outside resistance slowly varied so as to keep the
current constant ? How does the current vary when the
carbons are slowly separated and the outside resistance slowly
varied so as to keep the P.D. constant ? Explain the cause of
the results obtained.
6. Mrs. Ayrton found that for solid carbons the power ex-
pended in the arc was a linear function of the current when the
length was kept constant, and also a linear function of the
length when the current was kept constant.
Prove from these facts that the P.D. across the arc is
represented by the following formula
where a, ,/, and g are constants.
7. Draw a polar curve showing approximately the dis-
tribution in a vertical plane of the light given out by an arc
lamp of the open type. Show also a construction by which the
mean spherical candle-power of such a source can be de-
termined. Give proof.
8. If the polar curve of an arc be rotated about a vertical
axis, it will describe a solid of revolution. It has been
suggested that the radius of a sphere of equal volume would
be the mean spherical candle-power. Investigate this.
9. Tests on a flame arc with downward feeding carbons,
gave the following C.P. in different directions
Angles to the"!
68 EXERCISES IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
Draw the polar curve.
A hall 100 feet long, 60 feet wide, and 40 feet high, is
illuminated by the above lamp suspended at the centre 5 feet
below the ceiling. Compare the illumination of the floor at the
centre with that of the floor in a corner of the room. Neglect
reflection from walls and ceiling, etc.
10. Find the approximate mean spherical candle-power and
the mean hemispherical candle-power of the lamp in the fore-
11. How is the distribution of the light from an arc lamp
affected by an opaline globe put round it ? How would you
proceed to determine the absorption of the globe ? Would you
obtain the same results from tests made on a piece of the same
glass 3" square ?
12. Under what circumstances can simple shunt or simple
series arc lamps be used ? Why are differential lamps essential
in other cases ? Describe with sketches the mechanism of any
arc lamp with which you are acquainted.
13. In alternating current arcs themselves, not including
the mechanism, the watts are less than the product of amperes
and volts. How do you account for this ?
ANSWERS TO NUMERICAL
1. 1120 grammes. 2. 18,000 coulombs. 5. 1 B.O.T. = 3415
B.Th.U. 6. 0-3<7. 7. U. 8.11-6%. 9.22-7%. 10. (a) 1 H.P.-
hour = 640,000 cal ; (6) 6 to 12 Ibs. 12. 1 unit = 1'34 H.P.-
hours = 2,650,000 ft.-lbs. 13. 53. 14. lid. 15. 85 H.P., 4'7d.
16. 33-6%. 17. (a) 9-7 H.P ; (6) 0'07d. 18. 18-1 H.P., Id.
19. 0-47cZ. 21. 1-72 microhms. 22. 94 microhms per cm. cube.
23. 0-485. 24. 10. 25. 3^. 26. 103-6, 102-6, 102-1. 28. 10.
29. Power 3 : 4. Energy 3 : 2. 30. (a) R c = R, + B* ; (6)
R c = 3(R^ -f B,). 31. 50 C. 33. 40'6 ft., 0-123 inch.
1. 0. 2. 187-5. 10. 0-222. 12. 12-35. 13. 8'3. 14. 69.
15. 15,100. 16. 304. 17. 6 amps. 18. 1000. 19. 1430.
20. 5025, 0-023, 21,800. 21. 8950. 22. 30'3 Ibs. 23. 34,030.
28. 35-7. 31. 23,450 ergs. 33. 1-7 amps. 34. 164-5. 35. (a) 3320 ;
(6) 1790 Ibs.
1. 0-0432 Ib. 2. 0-09 Ib. 3. 18 dyne-cms. 4. 1870 inch-lbs.
12. 42-5 microcoulombs. 13. 10~ 4 coulombs. 15. 1600. 16. 0,
0-0111, 0-0128. 17. 300. 18. 122. 19. 1'25.
3. 325 volts. 5. 83^ volts. 6. 10 7 ; 1200 volts, each. 7. 7450.
14. 190 volts. 19. 40.
70 EXERCISES IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
1. 97-1 amps., 81-5%, 8-6%, 11-6%, 8-3%. 8. (a) 55 % ;
7. 20 amps., 1600 r.p.m. 8. (a} 4'2 H.P., 79 % ; (6) 9 H.P.,
84-7%. 9. 960 r.p.m. 10. 188-5 r.p.m. 12. 1180, 1160, 1140
r.p.m. 13. 190 r.p.m. 14. 4 %. 16. 760.
2. 5 steps, 1-8 + 1-15 + 0-7 + 0-45 + 0'3 = 4-4 ohms.
3. 4 steps, 1-95 + 1-5 + 1'25 + I'O = 5'7 ohms.
1. 1-78. 2. 22,900 coulombs. 3. 6-36, 7'07. 4. 3-02 amps,
403 volts. 5. (a} 7-5; (6) 7'9. 6. I'll. 8. 14-15, 12-73. 9. 2 : 1.
10. 1-225. 11. 3142 amps, per sec.
4. 31,450. 5. (a-) 10~ 4 henry; (6) 2-72 ohms; (c) 3-72 volts.
6. 0-73 ohm, 0-21 millihenry. 7. 0-37. 11. 43-5, 51-2 amps.
12. 9-01 amps., 0-0566. 13. 44-2 volts. 14. 4-95 ohms, 0-01
henry, 0-002. 15. 0-0276 henry. 16. 1-165, 66, 0-00367. 17.
(a) 62-8; (6)62-8; (c) 89; (d) 45. 18. 1-96 volts. 19. 1230 volts.
4. 0-0185. 5. 50 joules. 7. 9 mfds. 9. 0-944, 0-0085 coulomb.
12. 84-2 mfds. 13. 199 mfds. 14. 1-37 amps., 19-8 volts.
15. (a) 0-0184 henry, 0'5 ; (6) 414 mfds. 16. 0-0624 henry, 196
volts. 17. (a) 88-6 ; (1) 10'45 amps. ; (c) 26'5 %.
1. (a) 9-54; (6) 910; (c) 0-954. 2. 0-987. 3. 0-955. 5. 2-76,
4-5, 16-17, 7-8 millihenries, 1, 1, , ^, ^5. 7. 1429 watts.
11. (a) 29-8 millihenries ; (6) 340 mfds. ; (c) 2-98 joules.
6. 7. 61-25.
3. (a) 900 sq. cms. ; (6) 49,600 volts.
* These questions admit of a certain amount of latitude.
ANSWERS TO NUMERICAL QU
2. 24, 237-5. 3. 475. 4. 960. 5. 24, 750.
1. (a) 90 miles ; (6) 90 sq. inches. 2. \" . 3. 402 ohms,
0-0126 sq. inch. 4. (a) 5'9 ; (6) 0-059 sq. inch. 5. 0-108 sq. inch.
6. (a) jei,040,000 ; (6) 5,300. 7. 82 miles. 8. 1 : 14-4.
11. V 3 times. 21. (a) 219 ; (6) 197'9.
10. 300 amp. -hours. 11.81-4%. 12. 39,800 ft.-lbs. 15.0-000536.
21. 104-45. 25. 132, 160-5 grammes. 26. 6 %. 28. 94 miles.
29. 308 Ibs. 37. 12 K.W., 4-5 K.W.
1. 1 in 75. 2. (a) Ibs. per ton = watt-hours per ton-mile
x 0-503; (&) 44-8. 3. 6-25 rzj.p.h. 4. 0'5 ft. per sec. per sec.,
3 minutes. 5. 4-88 sees. 6. 200 amps. 7. 30-1 amps. 8.2160
Ib.-feet. 9. 374 Ibs. 10. 48 miles. 15. 50%, a further 12-5 %.
2. 14-4 to 17-3. 10. 25 c.p. 11. Carbon, +29%, -23%.
Metal, + 17 %, - 15 %. 12. 6-8 watts per c.p. 17. 2^. 18. 400
hours. 19. 200 hours. 20. 2-36 pence. 21. 1-57 pence.
3. 4-49 ohms, 449 watts, 55-1%. 4. 2-2 to 5-4 mm., 7'5 to
16-5 amperes. 9. 14-1 : 1. 10. 1060, 2050.
* Unless otherwise stated, the voltages and powers in the exercises
in Section XX. are those at the consumers' end of the line.
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