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Homemade diesel-electric platform truck

  1. Dec 14, 2014 #1
    Hi, this is my diesel-electric conversion for what was a battery only powered platform truck. Its got a 30hp diesel engine, a 6 Kw DC generator, and another 6 Kw AC generator. One thing to point out is that i'm running it only with the generators, no batteries.
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    Diesel and 3-phase generator
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    DC generator in front of the engine
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  3. Dec 16, 2014 #2


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    Just for fun? Or are you going to put it to work?
  4. Dec 17, 2014 #3
    I want to build a dump bed for it, but it's not so ideal to make it a work vehicle. This diesel-electric setup burns a lot of fuel compared to a mechanical transmission. I don't know if that's normal, or it might be something wrong with the engine or with the electrical side...
  5. Dec 17, 2014 #4


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    Take a look at the brushes on the electrical end of things.
  6. Dec 17, 2014 #5
    Interestingly, it says that diesel-electric transmission is more economical than the mechanical one. I may got the diesel-generator-motor combination wrong. Not taking to consideration the fact that the AC generator is making peak power @1500 rpm, while the diesel makes peak torque at a little over 1500 revs. Also, there's a huge difference between the diesel output and the electric motor output, (the e-motor has 7 hp while the diesel has 30).
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