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Book: "Testing of a Delco Light Plant"


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Default Book: "Testing of a Delco Light Plant"

I see several reprint copies of this book on Ebay, but there is absolutely NO description of what the contents actually are. Does anyone here have a copy? Can you give your opinion as to the book's value or reading interest?

Just trying to decide if I should buy one to add to my little Delco collection or not.
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I've seen those floating around the internet for several years. It appears that they are published thesis for engineering degrees. The plant must have been a good subject to pick then

I have this one from 1917, and am showing the data derived. It is over 100 pages, and very detail oriented, as an engineer would be. Quite dry reading.

You can find these out on the web at various archives.

In 1917 the exercise assumed 19 cents per gallon, best efficiency is battery fully up. KW per hour cost was 5 cents at .308 gallon use per KW hour.

It goes up to .389 gallon use per KW hour with a flat battery. 7 cents per KW hour

In 2016 the calculated value of 19 cents in 1917 now is 3.58 per gallon. KW per hour cost is $1.10 at .308 gallon use per KW hour. $26 bucks for 24 hours vs $33 bucks with a flat battery.

Not too bad, but only producing max 850 watts and mostly lightbulbs at that......
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Thanks Mike!
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