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Diesel Engine Fundamentals

Lawrence J. Marchetti, P.E.

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.

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.

The course content is generic in nature. Specific information on a particular engine should be obtained directly from the engine manufacturer.

This course includes a True-False quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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