- A commutator converts alternating voltage to a direct voltage.
- A commutator is a cylindrical structure built up of segments made of hard drawn copper. These segments are separated from one another and from the frame of the machine by mica strips. The segments are connected to the winding through risers. The risers have air spaces between one another so that air is drawn across the commutator thereby keeping the commutator cool.
Fig. 12 shows the components of a commutator. The general appearance of a commutator when completed is as shown in Fig. 13 (a). The commutator and armature assembly is shown in Fig. 13 (b).