Dictionary of Electrical Engineering

Commonly used terms in the Electrical industry.

feature a characteristic often local feature on an object which can be detected and used as part of the process of inferring the presence of an object from its features. Typical salient features include point features such as corners and small holes, or fiducial marks (e.g., on printed circuit boards), but may in addition include large-scale straightforwardly detected features such as large circular holes which can also aid the inference process.
salient-pole drive

See synchronous drive
salient-pole rotormachine
AC motor/generator design in which the rotor is constructed of outward-projecting pole pieces mounted on a shaft-mounted central spider assembly. Spider assemblies are typically spoked. Pole pieces are built up from laminated sheets, which are bolted together between a pole shoe on the outer end and dovetail fixture on the inner end. The dovetails are keyed into slots on the spider to mount the pole pieces to the rotor. Rotor windings are generally constructed from preformed, insulated coils that are fit over the pole pieces during assembly. Salient rotors are typically low-speed designs with short axial length and large diameter.