Diesel Engine Fundamentals
Lawrence J. Marchetti, P.E.
This 4-hour course
utilizes US Department of Energy training materials (DOE-HDBK-1018/1-93, Mechanical
Science, Vol. 1, Module 1) to describe the components and theory of operation
for a diesel engine which is commonly used as a prime mover for emergency electrical
generators. Although several types of prime movers are available (gasoline engines,
steam turbines, gas turbines), the diesel engine is the most commonly used.
This course includes
a True-False quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding
of the course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
Most large commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities require an emergency power to supply power to supply electrical power to critical mechanical and electrical equipment upon the loss of the normal power source. The diesel engine is the most commonly used prime mover for this application. Relatively speaking, diesel engines are small, inexpensive, powerful, fuel efficient, and extremely reliable.
Because of the widespread use of diesel engine emergency generators, a basic understanding of the theory and operation of a diesel engine and their components is necessary.
The course content
is generic in nature. Specific information on a particular engine should be
obtained directly from the engine manufacturer.
The the course content is in a PDF file DOE-HDBK-1018/1-93, Mechanical Science, Vol. 1, Module 1. You are required to study Module-1.
Module-1 Diesel Engine Fundamental contains three (3) sections:
a. Diesel Engines
b. Fundamental of the Diesel Cycle
c. Diesel Engine Speed, Fuel, Controls, and Protection.
You need to open or download this document to study this course.
are the most common prime mover for emergency generators. Because of the critical
electrical loads this equipment must serve, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
involved in the design, and selection of emergency generators require a basic
understanding of diesel engine theory, operation, and components. The following
course will provide the fundamental framework for this knowledge.
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Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.