Improving the Efficiency of Hydro Turbines with 3D CFD
Thursday, March 16, 2017

In just about every part of the world, hydro power offers a reliable source for contributing clean and renewable energy to the electricity grid, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, sources such as the recent Hydropower Vision report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) predict that significant capacity can be obtained from multiple sources.

Further, when assessing the relative influence of specific variables on the potential for hydropower growth, the No. 1 factor listed among those exerting the greatest influence was “technology innovation” (in order to increase efficiency and reduce cost).

In this webinar, see how 3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation technology has been used to accurately assess the efficiency of a Francis hydro turbine. Simulation results will be compared to experimental results for a realistic, full-scale, non-proprietary hydro turbine model made available as part of the Francis-99 workshop series hosted by the Norwegian Hydropower Centre.

Join us to see and learn how 3D CFD can enable you to discover more efficient and long-lasting designs, faster:

  • Simulate hydro turbines as built using high-fidelity, complete-system 3D geometry directly from CAD, without defeaturing.
  • Simulate hydro turbines operating at constant load and the dynamic response of the system when changing between operating points.
Jim Ryan
Chad Custer
Speaker Company: 
Siemens PLM Software