Diesel Power Plant Operations

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to describe the design and operation of a diesel engine. In addition, you will be able to explain the importance of the diesel generator.

  • Describe the theory behind the basic operation of a diesel engine.
  • Identify the major components of the diesel engine and explain the function of each.
  • Describe what happens during each of the following operating cycle events:
    • Intake
    • Compression
    • Injection
    • Combustion
    • Power
    • Exhaust
  • Identify the difference between a two-stroke and four-stroke diesel engine.
  • Discuss the role of the diesel generator in our society.

When you complete this lesson, you will understand the operation and importance of the supporting systems that make the diesel engine run and operate efficiently.

  • Describe the diesel engine cooling system.
  • Explain the importance and function of the lubrication system used in the diesel engine.
  • Describe how the fuel system stores, cleans, and delivers the fuel to the diesel engine.
  • List the components of the diesel engine’s air intake and exhaust systems and identify their functions.

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to describe applications for diesel-powered generators and explain the effects they have on society and the environment.

  • Describe where, and under what circumstances, diesel-powered generation is used.
  • Identify benefits to society provided by a diesel-powered generator.
  • Discuss the importance of installing and using diesel-powered generators.
  • Describe the features of the most common type of generator and explain how it works.

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to describe basic diesel power plant operations.

  • Explain how to prepare the unit for start-up.
  • Explain how to energize the station service supply.
  • Describe on-load operations monitoring.
  • Explain a typical shutdown procedure.

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to describe the design and function of a typical control panel and identify its primary components. You will also be able to explain the importance of the protective devices built into the system.

  • Describe a typical control panel.
  • Explain the operation of some of the generator controls.
  • Describe a remote operation and explain how it works.
  • Identify some of the hazardous machine conditions.
  • Discuss protective devices and identify what they protect.

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to describe routine diesel inspections and discuss their contribution to safe and efficient operations.

  • Identify the standard timeframes associated with the routine inspections of diesel plant systems.
  • Explain how routine inspections affect outages and downtime.
  • Describe the maintenance performed on each of the following:
    • Prime mover
    • Generator and exciters
    • Switchgear