Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Carbon Brushes


  • A brush is a device which conducts current between stationary wires and moving parts, most commonly in a rotating shaft. Typical applications include electric motors, alternators and electric generators.
  • Exact composition of the brush depends on the application. Graphite/carbon powder is commonly used. Copper is used for better conductance (rare for AC applications and not on automotive fuel pumps which run on carbon commutators). 
  • A carbon brush is typically constructed of carbon with an amorphous structure or graphite which is an allotropic form of carbon.

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