Flow of Electrons

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Aurora2, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. Aurora2

    Thread Starter New Member

    Mar 18, 2011
    Dear all,

    I have a question of a curious nature. Say you have an electrical generator that keeps running and running, producing an electrical current continuously. Where do the Electrons come from? Where do the electrons keep coming from that are produced by the Generator? Do they come from the windings of the generator, and if so, wouldn't the generator soon run out of electrons? If not, then where are they coming from? Any information would be appreciated, I am quite curious about


  2. Wendy


    Mar 24, 2008
    Endless circle, the electrons only move an inch per minute or so. A circuit is called a circuit because it does a circuit, as in circling a track. Think of the generator as a pump.
  3. hobbyist

    Distinguished Member

    Aug 10, 2008
    Or think of electrons as a link on a chain, each link represents an electron, so when one link moves the whole chain moves at the same velocity and direction.

    So if you move a sprocket back and forth the chain and all the links move back and forth oscillating at the same velocity and directions.

    The same with electron flow, they move back and forth (AC) at the same velocity and directions, linked together.
  4. eblc1388

    AAC Fanatic!

    Nov 28, 2008
    Everything is made up of atoms. Atoms have electrons. In metal the electrons are relatively free to move easily than insulators like plastic. Metal are conductors.

    Generator does not produce or make electrons. Its only purpose is to cause the electrons to move. Similarily, a battery or cell does not produce electrons. Like generator, it causes the electrons to move only.
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  5. Nvade

    New Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    talking about inverters, they need charging and storage of ac supply in dc form which is simply reconverted into ac whenever needed.
    Similarly generatrs need some sort of charging(in a layman's language).
    The necessary energy transformation takes place within it.
    The fuel is converted into energy(in a layman's language).
    Precisely thats the source of e- generation;
    Hope this would quench ur anxiety.......