Over time, lightly loaded generator sets develop wet-stacking and carbon build-up in the combustion chambers and exhaust system. The use of a loadbank helps prevent this and determines the generator’s capability to produce maximum output in terms of amperage and horsepower. The impacts of low load running potentially include:
• Increased lube oil consumption
• Poor engine performance
• Increased fuel consumption
• Crankcase pressurisation
For engine only exercising and general engine maintenance a resistive only loadbank is ideal for clearing carbon build-up in the engine, it is the most common and cost effective option for preventative maintenance.
Northbridge Industrial Services (LON:NBI) hires and sells specialist industrial equipment. It’s subsidiary Crestchic designs, manufactures, sells and hires loadbank equipment which is primarily used for the commissioning and maintenance of independent power sources, such as diesel generators and gas turbines.