I have a used motor obtained from a local laundromat. I was hoping I could make a DC generator out of it. I really know nothing about electronics but have been reading about wind turbines and various motors people aree using for such. Since I got this motor for free I was hoping I could use it.
The only specs I could find on this motor is: 1/2 HP FSP Drive Motor 3363736 with Start Switch 62850 for Whirlpool,Roper, Kenmore Washers 2-speed 1725/1140 RPM Motor Model C68PXTRS-4419 115 Volts. 60 Hz. 9.8/9 Amps.
It has some nice looking copper coils, but there does not seem to be much magnitism about it. I hooked a volt meter up to it and tried spinning the rotor by hand and it barely registered. There doesn't appear to be any way to take the housing apart. I had thought about tearing it apart to get at the coils and use them to build a stator and then find enough magnets to make a rotor. I've seen where people build a circular wooden mold to lay their copper coils in after which they pour fiberglass resin or similar product to encasulate the coils. A second mold is prepared similarly for the magnets/rotor. And in some cases a second set of magnet/rotor so they have a rotor on both sides of the stator doubling the output.
Does any of this make any sense or am I just plain loco ?
I have solar panels to provide some electricity out in my barn. But when we have rainy days they put out less than 12 volts. But on those days we seem to have nice breezes ( sandhills of North Carolina ).
Like I've said, I know nothing about elec but trying to learn as I go.