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eddy current

noun
1.
an electric current in a conducting material that results from induction by a moving or varying magnetic field.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600, for an earlier sense
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  • Array-probe eddy current map of a crack in a roll transition of a tube simulating the tube sheet level of a steam generator.
  • The inspection must include both a visual inspection and an eddy current examination.
  • The differential eddy current coil signal for coatings of different thickness.
  • However, aluminum does react to the electrical charge of a spinning magnet called an eddy current.
British Dictionary definitions for eddy current

eddy current

noun
1.
an electric current induced in a massive conductor, such as the core of an electromagnet, transformer, etc, by an alternating magnetic field Also called Foucault current
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Encyclopedia Article for eddy current

in electricity, motion of electric charge induced entirely within a conducting material by a varying electric or magnetic field or by electromagnetic waves. Eddy currents induced in a power transformer core represent lost power and are undesirable; eddy currents used to produce heat for cooking or for a metallurgical furnace represent useful applications of the phenomenon.

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