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A compensated pulsed alternator, or compulsator, was an alternator that was compensated so that it was better at delivering pulses of electricity than a normal alternator. This was a popular choice of power source for weapons.

Background

Michael Faraday was a scientist was famous for his research into electricity and magnetism. He started out as secretary to Sir Humphry Davy of the Royal Institution in London. Sir Humphry Davy had been blinded in a chemical accident. After Sir Humphry Davy passed away, Michael Faraday experimented on electricity and magnetism. In 1831, Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction. This became the basis for the alternating current generator, or alternator. In 1891, Nikola Tesla invented the first practical alternator. With that, alternating current won the Current Wars. In the 21st century, these rotating alternators became compensated.

Description

Tech Level: 10

The compulsator was first invented in the 1970s at the University of Texas Center for Electromechanics for nuclear fusion research. An external power source spun the compulsator to allow for inertia to be stored. The compulsator was capable of storing energy from its rotors for short-term use. The rotors depended on high velocity spin. Too fast and the blades would break. Despite that, the compulsator was still being used in railguns. The large pulses of power that a compulsator produced were ideal for firing a railgun projectile that could really kill. The compulsator could only be used for short-term purposes. Flywheel energy storage could be used for long-term purposes.

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