Techniques to Reduce Energy Loss in AC Power Lines

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Explore energy transmission physics, everyday mechanics, and the historical AC vs. DC power battle, with insights into electrical systems.

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Question 23
Explain heat energy losses that take place when electrical
energy is transmitted through power lines from a generator
to a consumer.
Energy is lost to heat during transmission due to the heating
effect of the current passing through the wire.
The power emitted is proportional to the resistance and to
the square of the electrical current.
Heat is also generated during the step up and step down
processes of transformers. ↙

Question 24
During any transmission of electricity, some energy is
inevitably lost. Describe how energy loss can be kept to a
minimum in AC power lines.
The energy lost is proportional to the square of the electrical
current.
A transformer can be used to step up the power and lower
the current, thereby reducing energy loss.

Question 26
Two arm-wrestlers grasp hands with their elbows lying on
the table. Each of their arms is 35 cm long and forms an
angle of 65° with the top of the table. If a net force of 1.2 N
is applied at the point where the wrestlers grasp hands, find
to 2 significant figures the torque on the system.

Question 27
Why are door handles placed near the edge of the door
farthest from the hinge, instead of close to the hinge?
The torque produced by a door handle far away from the
hinge is much greater than the torque produced by a door
handle very close to the hinge.
This means with handles far away from the hinge are easier
to open or close.

Question 28
Increasing the thickness of a wire can greatly lower its
resistance and therefore its heat loss. Why isn’t power
transmitted by very thick lines today?
Thick conductors are heavier and more expensive than thin
conductors.
Heavier wires, as well as being more expensive, would
require more expensive support structures.

Question 29
How does a lightning rod prevent a building from being
damaged in a storm?
When lightning strikes a building without a lightning rod, a
large amount of current passes through the building and can
damage it.
If a lightning rod is present, then instead of travelling
through the building, lightning will pass through the lightning
rod and dissipate into the ground, leaving the building
unharmed.

Question 30
AC power can be stepped up or down to different voltages,
making it ideal for energy transmission. Why did Thomas
Edison oppose AC power?
Edison owned the patents to DC power generation, and so
stood to gain a huge amount of money from DC power; but
he could not make a profit from AC power.
He tried to convince people that AC power was very
dangerous compared to DC power in an attempt to prevent
it from being used.

Question 31
Discuss what differences we would observe today if DC
power was used in electricity generation instead of AC.
DC power cannot be transmitted over long distances.
If electricity were as ubiquitous as it is today, power plants
would need to be much more common, due to the shorter
range of DC transmission.
Electricity would be more expensive, due to the costs of
keeping all the power plants running.
A greater amount of pollution would probably be produced
by the fossil fuels running all of the DC power plants.

Question 32
Name five devices which are powered by DC electricity.
Anything with a battery:
 mobile phones
 laptops
 mp3 players
 toys
 remote controls
 wireless keyboards and mouses

Question 33
(a) What is the voltage and frequency of the Australian AC
power mains?
240 V
50 Hz ↙
(b) Some high-voltage power lines carry electricity at 11 kV,
but this is much higher than the mains voltage. Explain
why this voltage is used for transmission and how it can
be changed to the mains voltage.
Electricity transmitted at high voltages (like 11 kV) has low
current, so it can be transmitted long distances without
much energy loss.
Transformers can be used to transform AC power to
different voltages, so a series of transformers can “step
down” the large 11 kV signal to a 240 V one.

Question 34
What is the direction of the electromagnetic force that acts
on a magnet moving:
(a) towards a solenoid?
The magnetic field induced in the solenoid resists the
movement of the magnet, so the force points away from the
solenoid and repels the magnet. ↙
(b) away from a solenoid?
The magnetic field induced in the solenoid resists the
movement of the magnet, so the force points towards the
solenoid and attracts the magnet. ↙

Question 35
A transformer has a primary coil with z turns and a
secondary coil with 30z turns. If the primary voltage to the
transformer is 110 V, what is the secondary voltage?

Question 36
What happens when a magnet is moved towards a solenoid?
A current is induced in the solenoid that opposes the
movement of the magnet, according to Lenz’s law.
The right-hand rule can be used to determine which
direction the current must flow to oppose the magnet’s
motion.
If the magnet’s north-pole is moving forwards towards the
magnet from our point of view, then the current through the
solenoid will flow anticlockwise.

Question 37
(a) Describe the amplitude of the varying magnetic field
produced by a sinusoidally varying electric current.
The magnetic field produced will vary in the same way, i.e. it
will also be sinusoidal. ↙
(b) Describe the amplitude of the varying electric current
produced by a sinusoidally varying magnetic field.
The electric current produced will have amplitude
proportional to the sinusoidally varying flux, so it will also be
sinusoidal. ↙

Question 38
Outline how electricity and magnetism are related.
Electric currents can create magnetic fields, and magnetic
fields can create electric currents.
An electric current through a straight wire creates a circular
magnetic field around the wire; a current-carrying solenoid
produces a magnetic field like a bar magnet.
A changing magnetic field produces an electric current that
has strength proportional to the rate of change of the
field.

Question 39
Describe the operation of a transformer.
A transformer consists of a primary coil of wire and a
secondary coil of wire, often both wrapped around a
laminated iron core.
When an alternating electric current flows through the
primary coil, a changing magnetic field is induced (in the iron
core, if present).
The changing magnetic field produces an alternating electric
current in the secondary coil, with a voltage proportional to
the number of turns in the coil.

Question 40
Describe how Thomas Edison tried to promote the use of DC
electricity over AC electricity.
Edison pushed his own DC electricity scheme forward by
trying to convince the public that the AC electricity of
Westinghouse and Tesla was too dangerous to be used.
To prove his point, he tortured and killed animals with AC
electricity, and even had an electric chair constructed to
execute condemned criminals.
His campaign did not succeed, and now AC electricity is
universally used for electricity generation and
transmission.