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Wet Stacking and Load Bank Testing

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 and is filed under Load Banks

Most generator companies understand the negative impact of prolonged no-load generator operation and are aware of WET STACKING. This condition occurs when diesel engines operate at light loads and low temperatures for prolonged periods. Having worked in the generator industry for over 35 years, I have seen many cases of Wet Stacking, some severe. The photos I have shared are of an Emergency Standby Gen-Set here in Austin, Texas which ran for several weeks due to a main electrical buss failure. The customer had no choice but to run the system for an extended period of time under very light loads. As was the case for this customer, the solution of an extended load bank test usually restores an engine to its designed level of performance. However, leaving a system un-tested or under-tested until such visible conditions exist are risky. In fact, once a Building Engineer observes the oily sludge running down the side of his engine, it’s probably too late…the generator system performance is already compromised! Read More

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