SAE International
SAE Standards Works
SAE International
Contact Us | Help | Shopping Cart
SAE Login

J539_199311 - Voltages for Diesel Electrical Systems

Details
Document Number: J539_199311
Revision Number:
Title
Voltages for Diesel Electrical Systems
Scope
This SAE Recommended Practice is intended to apply to lamps, batteries, heaters, radios, and similar equipment for operation with mobile or automotive diesel engines. Twenty-four V systems have long been used for heavy duty services because 24 V permit operating 12 V systems in series-parallel. Thirty-two V systems have been used for marine, railroad-car lighting, and other uses. Generators, storage batteries, starting motors, lighting, and auxiliary electrical equipment shall be for nominal system ratings of 12, 24, or 32 V as determined by the power requirements of the application. It is recommended that no intermediate voltages be considered. The combination of a 24 V starting motor and two 12 V batteries connected in series for cranking is considered practice where it can be adapted to the installation. The batteries are reconnected in parallel for charging from a 12 V generator/ alternator and for operating lights and other auxiliary equipment, or charged separately and used individually for lights and other electrical equipment.
Recent Activity
Date Type