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Optimising Hydropower Generation through Fluid Dynamics Research


Andrewartha, JM and Sargison, J and Li, XL, Optimising Hydropower Generation through Fluid Dynamics Research, Proceedings of the 15th International Conference for Women Engineers and Scientists, 19-21 July, 2011, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 1-10. ISBN 978-0-85825-997-3 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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A team of researchers from the University of Tasmania are leading the way in realising efficiency improvements and optimising hydropower generation. The headworks of hydropower stations are often several kilometres long with tunnels, open channels and pressurised pipelines transporting water from storage dams to the turbines. Significant efficiency improvements can be made by removing the thin biological slimes that grow on the walls of these conduits. The team is studying the physics of the flow over these biological growths in both open channel and pipeline environments to understand the mechanisms for drag production through full scale testing on hydropower schemes and an extensive experimental program using dedicated laboratory rigs. This paper discusses the results to date, including: improvements of up to 25% in headloss in penstocks, modifications to the structure of the boundary layer and significant increases in friction coefficient, and details the new experimental pipe rig under development to further these studies.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Fluid mechanics and thermal engineering
Research Field:Turbulent flows
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Renewable energy
Objective Field:Hydro-electric energy
UTAS Author:Andrewartha, JM (Dr Jessica Walker)
UTAS Author:Sargison, J (Dr Jane Sargison)
UTAS Author:Li, XL (Mrs Xiao Li)
ID Code:76563
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2012-03-07
Last Modified:2017-10-06
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