WIT Press


Hydraulic Computational Advances In The Design Of Small Hydropower Plants

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/HY980251

Volume

26

Pages

10

Published

1998

Size

701 kb

Author(s)

Helena Ramos & A. Betamio de Almeida

Abstract

In small hydropower plants the hydraulic conveyance system and the turbine discharge control system could be relevant factors in the civil engineering design. The computational advances in hydraulic analysis and in modelling must be transformed in practical tools for engineering design, in particular, when applied to analyse small hydroelectric power plants with long hydraulic circuits. An integrated modelling system was developed by the authors, based on the interaction of different components, that enables to know the dynamic response and the definition of the more adequate methods of control rules. The case of reaction turbines (e.g. Francis) with low specific speed are especially relevant due to the fast tr

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