Francis turbine

Kaplan turbine

water turbine

Hydro Turbine

World Famous Hydropower

Thursday, July 14, 2016

basic structure of Francis Hydro Turbine

knowladge about the structure of Francis hydro turbine, you will be familiar with the Francis turbine parts by reading this article

Monday, July 11, 2016

the progress block diagram of hydro turbine generator installation

the progress block diagram of hydro turbine generator installation

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Development of hydropower issues

Development of hydropower issues

1- Advantages
hydropower dam
hydropower dam
a. Economics
The major advantage of hydropower is elimination of the fuel cost, immune to fossil fuels, such as oil, natural gas and coal with low construction and operating labor cost . The dam serves as multiple purposes.
b. Greenhouse gas emissions
Hydropower station does not burn fossil fuels, they do not directly produce carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas). While some carbon dioxide is produced during manufacture and construction of the project, this is a tiny fraction of the operating emissions of equivalent fossil-fuel electricity generation.
c. Related activities
Reservoirs often provide facilities for water spots, and become tourist scenery.. In some countries, using dam for irrigation can support the fish farm and water supply. Large hydropower station can control floods, and be used for transportation.
2- Disadvantage
a. Damage to the environment
three gorges dam
pollutants at upstream of Three Gorges Dam
Hydropower projects can damage surrounding or downstream ecosystems of the plants. In some cases, dams have been demolished due to the impact on fish. It can lead to scouring of river beds and loss of riverbanks. In addition, it also has impact on birds. Since building dam for agricultural and energy use, many native and migratory birds have become increasingly endangered.
b. Population relocation
Hydropower station has the need to relocate the native people, whose history and culture sites may be flooded and lost. Such problems have arisen in the Three Gorges project.
3-Comparison with other methods of power generation
Compared to nuclear power, hydropower generates no nuclear waste and leaks. Unlike uranium, hydropower is a renewable energy resource. Compared to wind power, hydropower plants are predictable, which can be easily regulated in power demand. Compared to fossil-fueled power plants, hydropower stations take a long time to build. Unlike combustion turbines for fossil-fueled, which can be economically developed, hydropower production is limited; due to climate change Long-term energy production may be affected. Hydropower may incur additional cost to ensure availability of sufficient power in years lacking of water.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bieudron power station

Bieudron power station-The world's highest water head hydroelectric Plant

today, let me introduce the world's highest water head hydropower station to every one. it's name is "Bieudron power station".

The Bieudron Hydroelectric Power Station is a hydroelectric power plant located in the Swiss Alps in the Canton of Valais in Switzerland. The power plant is fed with water from the Grande Dixence Dam's reservoir, Lac des Dix and is part of the Cleuson-Dixence Complex. The 1269 MW power plant is operated by Grande Dixence SA.

The Bieudron power station alone holds three world records, for the height of its head (1883 m), the output of each Pelton turbine (3 x 423 MW) and the output per pole of the generators (35.7 MVA).
Bieudron hydropower station unit parameter
Max. Water head
Each capacity
Water turbine type
Rated flow
Turbine runner diameter
Turbine weight
nozzles exit flow velocity  
generator rated capacity
Rated voltage
Rated frequency
Generator stator weight
Generator rotor weight
Installation capacity of power plant
total investment
billion dollar
ABB Review1994No.10

This facility houses three Pelton turbines, with each turbine rated at 423 MW (~567,000 HP); note that the turbine acceptance testing process reported a maximum turbine output power of 449 MW each (~602,000 HP) due to better than expected efficiency and ideal test conditions.[1]

At the rated power of 423 MW each turbine operates at a head of ~1869 meters (6130 feet) and a flow rate of 25 cubic meters per second, with an efficiency in excess of 92% (~92.37%). The turbine assembly is a five-jet configuration; the stream of each jet is 193 mm (7.6 inches) in diameter with an exit velocity of 192 meters/second (630 ft/s). The kinetic energy of each of the 5 streams (i.e. 1 from each jet) is approximately 92.16 MW (Q = 5 cubic meters per second, v = 192 m/s, H = 1869 m). The assembly rated pressure is 203.2 bars (2944 psi).

The combined flow rate for the three turbines is 75 cubic meters per second. The facility peak power production is ~1269 MW. The turbines and associated valves were designed and developed by VA Tech of Switzerland.

On December 12, 2000, at approximately 20:10, the Cleuson-Dixence penstock, feeding the Pelton turbines at Bieudron, ruptured at ~1234 meters AMSL (under more than 1000 meters of head). The failure appears to have been due to several factors including the poor strength of rock surrounding the penstock at the rupture location. The rupture was approximately 9 m long by 60 cm wide. The flow rate through the rupture was likely well in excess of 150 m3/s (5,300 cu ft/s). The ensuing rapid release of a very large quantity of high pressure water destroyed approximately 100 hectares (1 km²) of pastures, orchards, forest, as well as washing away several chalets and barns around Nendaz and Fey. Three people were killed.[2]

The Bieudron facility was inoperative after the accident; however, it became partially operational in December 2009, and fully operational in January 2010. Much investigation went into the accident resulting in the almost complete redesign of the penstock. Legal action is still in process and the root cause of the rupture is unknown.

However details regarding the redesign are available. The redesign calls for improvements in the pipe's lining as well as the addition of grouting around the penstock to reduce water flow between the penstock and the surrounding rock due to dynamic variation of the pipe diameter during operation (it expands due to water loading during operation then contracts when the load is removed, leaving a gap). The damaged section of the penstock was rerouted around the previous location to where new (undamaged) more stable rock is available. Construction on the redesigned penstock was completed in 2009. Redesign considerations include operational control of maximum agreed design limits under all conditions of assembly, design and service conditions (including water hammer pressure spikes).

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Turgo turbine

Impulse Type Turbine Turgo Hydro Turbine  

The turgo turbine is a kind of impulse turbine and suited for heads from 50m-250m, between Francis turbine and Pelton Turbine.
The feature is an angle of 22.5° is formed between the center line of the nozzle jet and the rotational plane of the runner. The water from the penstock is transformed into a high speed jet through the nozzle. The water is directed obliquely to one side of the runner and discharges at the other. The dynamic force of water flow makes the runner rotate rapidly.

turgo hydro turbine
It consists main turbine runner, nozzle assembly, conduit part, deflector control and hydraulic etc.
Turbine runner is the principle part of the turbine. runner made of casting stainless steel. It has influence over the characteristic of the turbine. The runner consists of vanes, the hub and the outer ring of runner. The shape of vane is three dimension camber. The outer ring applies to strengthen the runner and to reduce the loss of wind.
The plane key set up between the runner and the main shaft in order to transfer running torque. The elastic coupling is fitted on the end of main shaft. The end of main shaft and the hole of coupling are fitting and transfered the running torque by plane key.

turgo turbine runner

turgo water turbine

Hydroelectric Generator

Hydroelectric synchronous generator for Hydro Turbine

hydropower generator

    The generator is of synchronous in horizontal or Vertical arrangement. Main parts of the
    generator consist of stator, rotor, bed-plate  and so on. The generator unit shall be
    supported by one radial bearing and one thrust bearing, mounted on a bed-plate.

generator stator
The stator frame consists of welded steel plate construction. The stator core is stacked with high-grade, non-aging, low-loss, thin laminated silicon sheet steel. The laminations shall be coated on both sides with a superior quality insulating varnish to minimize eddy current losses.
The core laminations are firmly and uniformly clamped together by means of clamping ring, tooth supports and bolts passing the stator frame to prevent loosening in service or causing undue noise or vibration due to magnetic force.
generator windingThe stator winding adopt double-layer mode and Y-type connected with the main leads and neutral end leads. Each strand is thin square copper wire insulated with spun glass. The coil shall be insulated between turns and to grand by power mica tape bonded with epoxy resin having excellent electrical properties. The outer layer of the coils shall be treated with semi-conducting compounds to prevent corona. Corona protection shall be also provided on a portion of the end-windings. The insulation is of class F.
In order to measure the temperature of stator winding, The resistance temperature detecting elements are embedded in the stator slots of the generator.
The generator rotor is of salient pole. The rotor yoke coupling is fixed on the main shaft through heated method.
The field coils are wound edgewise with copper strap. Superior quality insulated material is inserted for insulation between each turn. The completed coil is then placed in a fixture, heated up and pressed simultaneously until a solid and well bonded coil is reach. The insulation is of Class F.
generator rotor

The main shaft is made of high quality forged steel and has sufficient safety dimension so that it shall not cause harmful vibration and deformation at any speed including the maximum turbine runaway speed. The fan shall be mounted on both side of the rotor.
small generator

S type Turbine

Hydro Turbine S Type Turbine for Hydropower Project

S type turbine is suitable for heads from 2m to 20m and large discharge hydropower station.
S-type tubular turbine is available in versions of Horizontal Kaplan, also called S-type horizontal Kaplan.
lts feature is that the water flow is axial throughout the passage from the inlet to the outlet, so that the passage is a straight conduit essentially.The turbine shaft passes out of the tube at the point where the tube changes direction, installation is ether with the transfer belt or directly connected to the generator. This modern turbine is characterized by high efficiency in a broad band of flow rates.
S-type turbine is also consist of fixed runner blades and movable runner blades.
Rotating part consists of runner, main shaft, short main shaft, and transition flange. The rotating part is the important part of turbine; the potential energy and kinetic energy of water flow is transformed into mechanical energy, and then it is transmitted to generator shaft by main shaft and finally is converted into electric energy. Therefore, rotating part play the role of energy conversion and transmission.

Runner is the heart of turbine, and the conversion of energy is completed by runner. Therefore, it should have high efficiency, and excellent performance of cavitations erosion resistance to ensure economic and steady operation of unit; the blade of runner material is
ZG0Cr13Ni4Mo, molded line, wave steepness and surface toughness have been controlled strictly to ensure turbine in high efficiency state.  runner hub material is casting ZG230-450.
Main shaft is made of 45# forged steel; Transition flange is installed between main shaft and thrust shaft; so that the runner and main shaft will be disassemble without removing thrust shaft.
Kaplan turbine with adjustable blades

Layout drawing of S type water turbine

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