The post discusses a diesel generator RPM controller circuit for boats using PWM technique and also using a simple triac shunt circuit. The idea was requested by Mr. Dave.
Automatic RPM Control for Diesel Generators
I have been looking with interest at your electronic circuits web site and would appreciate it you could comment on the following
I presently run a 220v 50 hz generator from the main diesel engine in my boat, the RPM of this engine is NOT governed and is difficult to set at the correct rev to keep the generator at the correct RPM for 50 hz output
Would it be possible to convert this varying AC FREQUENCY 220V to 220v dc using a bridge rectifier and then convert it back to 220 v olts 50hz
This would solve a major problem for those of us that have small boats that do not have space or are able to carry the extra load of another marine diesel engine, the generator is capable of 4kva output
your comments would be appreciated
thanking you kindly
The Circuit Design
The requested circuit deign for controlling a diesel generator RPM can be executed either by employing a PWM technique or the same could be implemented through an automatic shunt regulator circuit design, let's understand the two counterparts from the following explanation:
The design looks pretty straightforward, wherein the diode bridge network converts the 220V input to a 330V DC bus voltage for the full bridge driver network, which in turn converts it into a 220V AC square wave through the associated 4 N-channel push pull mosfet network.
Since this output is 330V DC square wave output, it is appropriately processed using the IC 555 PWM section into the required 220V AC sine wave output.The PWM setting ensures a fixed 220V output which can e expected to be relatively stble without fluctuations.
Using the Triac Shunt Method
Although precise, the above concept looks quite elaborate and complex when compared to the following simple triac shunt based diesel generator controller circuit:
The above circuit was originally designed for controlling a windmill VAWT motor
However the same design could be also effectively used for controlling a diesel generator output to a fixed 220V.
The circuit looks much simpler and self explanatory.
The bridge rectifier converts both the half cycles from the diesel generator into positive full wave cycles for the triac, so that the triac circuit is able to shunt both these cycles to ground that may exceed the 220V mark.
The 220v zener diode fixes the shunting level for the triac, this section could be replaced using TL431 shunt zener IC for enabling an accurate temperature stabilized output for the generator.The bridge network must be adequately rated to handle the generator current peaks.