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Development and laboratory testing of improved action and Matrix hydro turbines designed by advanced analysis and optimization tools

Objective

The overall concept of the proposed project is to improve the hydraulic efficiency of small action type turbines, through the development and application of a numerical optimization methodology, that will be validated by the construction and laboratory testing of the prototype models of Pelton, Turgo and Matrix turbines representing both action and reaction types. The methodology to be developed regards the adaptation and application of the Lagrangian Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics model for the simulation of the flow. The application of the innovative design tool is expected to achieve an average increase in small action and Matrix hydro turbines efficiency of the order of 3 to 5%. The flow analysis software to be implemented is characterised as cost effective and capable of fast processing of multi-parametric flows, whereas the optimization strategy will be based on Evolutionary Algorithms, resulting in enhanced economic feasibility of the proposed design procedure. The investigation of three different types of small hydro turbines will demonstrate the wide application range of the new methodology and evaluate its generality. The S&T objectives of the project are: Adaptation and application of the Lagrangian Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics model for the simulation of the flow in the action turbines to be investigated; Finding the most efficient geometry parameterization method for each of the three turbine types; Development of a multilevel optimization method based on the Evolutionary Algorithms System software; Specification, selection and set-up of the hardware and software computational platform; Finding the optimal design of the runner and other components for the three turbine types considered by applying the developed methodology; Prototype turbine models manufacturing according to the results of the design optimization procedure; Evaluation of the new design tools after thorough experimental analysis of the prototype turbine models.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/system software
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/geometry

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2007-1-RTD
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 574 900,40
Administrative Contact
Georgia Mertzelou (Ms.)

Participants (7)

INSTITUT POLYTECHNIQUE DE GRENOBLE
France
EU contribution
€ 225 210
Address
Avenue Felix Viallet 46
38031 Grenoble Cedex 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Clementine Gleizal (Ms.)
ECOLE CENTRALE DE LYON
France
EU contribution
€ 213 015,60
Address
Avenue Guy De Collongue 36
69134 Ecully
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bénédicte Martin (Dr.)
SA TECHNIQUES HYDROELECTRIQUES
France
EU contribution
€ 103 800
Address
Rue Bois La Ville Zi Croix De Metz
54200 Toul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jean Francois Bansard (Mr.)
ANDRITZ HYDRO GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 385 620
Address
Eibesbrunnergasse 20
1120 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Grafenberger (Mr.)
ANDRITZ HYDRO AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 475 100
Address
Obernauerstrasse 4
6010 Kriens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Etienne Parkinson (Dr.)
WIRTSCHAFT UND INFRASTRUKTUR GMBH & CO PLANUNGS KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 110 200
Address
Sylvensteinstrasse 2
81369 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christine Meyer Haege (Ms.)
ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DE LA PETITE HYDRAULIQUE AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 69 828
Address
Rue D'arlon 63-65
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Christine Lins (Ms.)