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

Obiettivo

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.

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FP7-ENERGY-2007-1-RTD
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Coordinatore

ETHNICON METSOVION POLYTECHNION
Indirizzo
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
157 80 Athina
Grecia

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Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contatto amministrativo
Georgia Mertzelou (Ms.)
Contributo UE
€ 574 900,40

Partecipanti (7)

INSTITUT POLYTECHNIQUE DE GRENOBLE
Francia
Contributo UE
€ 225 210
Indirizzo
Avenue Felix Viallet 46
38031 Grenoble Cedex 1

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Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contatto amministrativo
Clementine Gleizal (Ms.)
ECOLE CENTRALE DE LYON
Francia
Contributo UE
€ 213 015,60
Indirizzo
Avenue Guy De Collongue 36
69134 Ecully

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Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contatto amministrativo
Bénédicte Martin (Dr.)
SA TECHNIQUES HYDROELECTRIQUES
Francia
Contributo UE
€ 103 800
Indirizzo
Rue Bois La Ville Zi Croix De Metz
54200 Toul

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Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contatto amministrativo
Jean Francois Bansard (Mr.)
ANDRITZ HYDRO GMBH
Austria
Contributo UE
€ 385 620
Indirizzo
Eibesbrunnergasse 20
1120 Wien

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Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contatto amministrativo
Peter Grafenberger (Mr.)
ANDRITZ HYDRO AG
Svizzera
Contributo UE
€ 475 100
Indirizzo
Obernauerstrasse 4
6010 Kriens

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Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contatto amministrativo
Etienne Parkinson (Dr.)
WIRTSCHAFT UND INFRASTRUKTUR GMBH & CO PLANUNGS KG
Germania
Contributo UE
€ 110 200
Indirizzo
Sylvensteinstrasse 2
81369 Muenchen

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Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contatto amministrativo
Christine Meyer Haege (Ms.)
ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DE LA PETITE HYDRAULIQUE AISBL
Belgio
Contributo UE
€ 69 828
Indirizzo
Rue D'arlon 63-65
1040 Bruxelles

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Tipo di attività
Other
Contatto amministrativo
Christine Lins (Ms.)