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Name: Jan
Status: Student
Grade: 9-12
Location: NV
Country: United States
Date: November 2006

If you use strands of copper wire woven together like a rope and then spun inside a magnetic field, will this produce electricity?

Hi Jan,

Let me answer your question this way: If you move ANY electrical conductor through a magnetic field (or vice versa) the result will be an electrical current generated in the conductor. It makes no difference if the conductor is a solid wire, or a piece of metal of any shape, or a wire woven from strands of copper, or any other electrical conductor (even one made of carbon fiber). The result will be identical.

Mind you, the exact direction that you move the conductor with the respect to the magnetic field will influence how much current will be created, as will the strength of the magnetic field and the speed of the motion. But none of these factors will be affected by whether the conductor is a solid wire or a "rope" made of many fine strands of wire.


Bob Wilson.

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