02-01-2011 05:57 PM
Hard to suggest since no failure mode is identified with a cause. Id suggest the maintenance free batteries from CAT if your interested. Most battery issues Ive seen are from faulty chargers, having charger set incorrectly, or lack of cleaning around the terminals such.
02-17-2011 04:40 AM
It is possible that the electrolyte level in the bttery was low , maybe on only one cell and this produced a short circuit across the plates which in turn ignited the hydrogen gas ....I had a similar fault on a battery when I was working in the Seychelles where we ran a lot of gensets to supply power to the islands resorts ..we moved over to gel batteries...
02-17-2011 09:39 AM
In my experience the most common cause of a "starting battery" explosion is low fluid levels causing the plates to be exposed to the combustible atmosphere inside the cell/s affected. On mobile equipment the most usual cause is slight overcharging causing the
fluid to boil off combined with lack of electrical system maintenance. In a Genset aplication the most likley cause is loss of fluid due to constant
chargeing in a high ambient temperature environment such as is found around most genset engines.
Hope this helps.