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Wet feet in the ivory tower - a 50 year research partnership supporting hydropower development in Tasmania


Sargison, J and Wallis, M and Lord, B and Walker, GJ and Andrewartha, JM, Wet feet in the ivory tower - a 50 year research partnership supporting hydropower development in Tasmania, Proceedings of the 34th IAHR World Congress, 26 June -1 July 2011, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 3944-3951. ISBN 978-0-85825-868-6 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The University of Tasmania has a long association with Hydro Tasmania, the key power generation utility in the state. Prior to connection with the National Electricity Network, the state was supplied by 90% hydropower. During design and construction of hydro power developments, the Hydraulics Laboratory at UTAS was shared by Hydro Tasmania and was the site of model tests informing design and optimisation of many hydraulic structures and systems. More recently, the laboratory has again been given over to research supporting Hydro Tasmania, now focussing on maintaining system capacity and performance with work in transient turbine operations and biofouling of open channels and closed conduits. The biofouling research has been the subject of ongoing grant and industry funding. The research team balances scientific investigation of the interaction of near wall flows and the biological growth, with generating practical industry outcomes influencing maintenance, cleaning schedules and the selection of remediation techniques.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Biofilm, boundary layer, drag, streamer, turbulence
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Engineering practice and education
Research Field:Engineering practice and education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Renewable energy
Objective Field:Hydro-electric energy
UTAS Author:Sargison, J (Dr Jane Sargison)
UTAS Author:Walker, GJ (Professor Greg Walker)
UTAS Author:Andrewartha, JM (Dr Jessica Walker)
ID Code:76561
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2012-03-07
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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