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2.7 Turbines for hydroelectric power


This chapter provides theory and types of turbines for hydroelectric power. Fourneyron’s turbine, the first true high-efficiency water turbine, was of the radial-outflow type and reached a maximum efficiency of 85%. The three types of water turbines that proved superior in a certain range of heads are: Kaplan turbine (including the tubular turbine) for low heads, Francis turbine for medium heads and Pelton turbine for high heads. The application of these three types of water turbines is illustrated. The specific blade energy H B is correlated to the specific fluid energy available at a hydro power plant. Examples and working principles, hydraulic designs, the manufacture and operating problems of various turbines such as Kaplan turbine, Francis turbine, pump turbine, Pelton turbine and Michell-Bánki turbine are described. To understand the performance of a turbine at part load or overload, the velocity triangles of a Francis turbine is considered. The performance of a turbine as a function of both flow rate Q and head H is frequently represented by lines of constant shaft efficiency in a Q - H -diagram, also called the Hill diagram. Typical investment costs (in US$ per kWh) for the different types of turbines, dependent on the capacity (in MW), are illustrated. Typical investment costs for synchronous generators are also presented.

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