Generator Parts: A Simple, Useful Guide

When it comes to generator parts, there are a lot of technical terms that might be confusing if you don’t know what they mean. Diesel Generation AUS is the experts in diesel generators, so we can help you understand the individual components that go into making a diesel generator. Having a better understanding of how they work will make you feel more confident using them for your home or business. We’ve laid out a simple and informative guide here for your convenience. We offer generator service and maintenance across Tasmania. Contact us to learn more.

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Diesel Engine & AC Alternator

The engine is the most important part of any generator as it works the hardest. The engine is a complex component, as it contains the generator’s fuel system, lubrication & oil system, cooling system, exhaust system and turbo charger. Each of these elements plays an important role in keeping the generator running smoothly.

By burning fuel, the engine creates rotary motion which turns the AC alternator. The AC alternator uses the rotation created by the engine to generator electricity, which is then used to power the generator load.

Base Frame & Control Panel

Every diesel generator includes a base frame, otherwise known as a base tank. The base frame is a weight-bearing component that holds the engine and alternator in place. These frames sometimes contain anti-vibrational mounts to stop the vibrations caused by the running engine from damaging the frame.

The control panel is the part of the diesel generator that keeps everything else in check. It starts and stops the generator and engine, providing monitoring, protection and control. It makes sure everything is running smoothly with your generator.

Circuit Breaker & Radiator

The circuit breaker helps to synchronise the generator and engine. This helps to protect the generator in case of fault or overload. The radiator cools the engine as it runs to avoid overheating. Coolant is pumped through the fan of the radiator, cooling the air throughout the generator.

If you would like to learn more about diesel generator parts and components, or to arrange a generator service, get in touch with DGA. Call us on 1300 755 292 or contact us online to arrange our diesel generators service or maintenance.

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