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Connecting a Generator to an engine

Connecting a Generator to an engine

Hello and thanks in advance,

I am trying to determine where are some internet sites for helping me determine:

1) How to correctly pick the SAE housing that's needed to mate a generator end to an internal combustion engine..

2) How to best choose the coupling that mates the engine to the generator end

Any thoughts?



RE: Connecting a Generator to an engine

IC engines are typically available with no more than two different flywheel housings.
Single- bearing generators are available with a selection of bellhousings complementary to the range of flywheel housings found on engines of appropriate size.
Single- bearing generators bolt right up to a standard SAE flywheel by means of a flexplate (again, engines are available with a small selection of flywheels, and generators with a larger selection of complementary flexplates.)

You only need to worry about a coupling if you buy a two-bearing generator, which is not a good choice unless you want the engine and generator separated axially, e.g. by a driveshaft.

Generator catalogs usually have the bellhousing/ flexplate details within.  For the engine data, you may need to get information from an application engineer; contacting one is a good idea for other reasons, too.


Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

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