eddy current

noun

: an electric current induced by an alternating magnetic field

Examples of eddy current in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The friction generated by these eddy currents provides focused, non-contact heating. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 21 Aug. 2023 By layering the steel of the rotor, Leng was able to greatly reduce its heat generation, because the thinner layers of steel limited the eddy currents in the steel that create heat. IEEE Spectrum, 29 Dec. 2022 Ferrous metals can be magnetically separated from other materials; magnetism can also be induced in nonferrous items, like aluminum, using a large eddy current. IEEE Spectrum, 25 June 2022 Just before the cooling residue drops onto the pile, bits of iron and steel fly up into a magnet and an eddy current separates out aluminum and other metals to be recycled. Curbed, 12 Aug. 2022 These are usually inspected using industrial borescopes, eddy current and/or ultrasound techniques to make a recommendation whether the gearboxes need to be taken down for repair or can continue in use. Arungalai Anbarasu, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 Ventricular fibrillation is like eddy currents of electricity in the heart, which form where a wave of electrical impulses can’t pass through scar tissue. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 6 Apr. 2020 From now through March is prime time in this area for a 5-pound smallmouth. The can’t miss bait is a live shad about 4 inches long, but plenty are also caught on crankbaits, jerkbaits and swimbaits worked in the eddies current breaks. Frank Sargeant, al, 10 Jan. 2020 Magnets and eddy current machines pull out aluminum and steel cans, sending them to the appropriate bins to be flattened, baled together and sold. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al.com, 17 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eddy current was in 1886

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“Eddy current.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eddy%20current. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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eddy current

noun
: an electric current caused by an alternating magnetic field

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