Presentation on theme: "Recent approach to refurbishments of small hydro projects based on numerical flow analysis Virtual hydraulic laboratory, developed in collaboration with."— Presentation transcript:
Recent approach to refurbishments of small hydro projects based on numerical flow analysis Virtual hydraulic laboratory, developed in collaboration with turbine manufacturer by Jacek Swiderski Swiderski Engineering www.secfd.com, Ottawa, Canada Study and analysis of the results allow developing an upgrade strategy Selected practical applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) based on commercial CFX-TASCflow software package. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) already established its strong presence in the hydropower industry as trusted engineering tool.
Why would older turbines need to be upgraded – would classical design methods be a reason ? (a) Aerodynamics theories adequate for a very limited range of water turbines (compressibility) (b) Existence of 3rd dimension component of the flow within the blade-to-blade space of a turbine runner (c) The upstream influence no classical, published design method takes it into account.
Design based on CFD verification Major design strategies exercised by the industry: A) Classical design approach: (i) model tests – modifications (loop: lab-shop) (ii) CFD analysis-model tests – modifications (loop:CFD-lab-shop) B) Newer approach – generic algorithms: model generation – CFD analysis – decision on shape modification (loop: CFD - Decision Program - CFD) C) Attempts to solve reverse problem: should there be a strict mathematical solution to the N-S equations, finding a shape of flow channel to achieve certain effect would be possible.
Practical methodology for an upgrade 1) Numerical model – full geometry of the turbine including - Intake - Spiral casing - Distributor (all stay vanes and wicket gates) - Runner - Draft tube 2) Tune-up of the numerical model - Grid quality: verification and refinement. Based on couple of runs of the flow analysis, the nodes distribution is adjusted according to the velocity/pressure field. - Operating parameters. In the non-dimensional factors, the CFD results must be within a certain range from the field measurements. 3) CFD analysis – flow solver 4) Analysis of results - Energy dissipation field (losses). - Pressure gradients – estimate possibilities for cavitation - Determination of the flow areas, where the velocity field has highest non-uniformity 5) Strategy for upgrade based on expected cost/benefit ratio - Intake shape - Distributor (wicket gates profile, stay vanes set-up) - Runner design - Draft tube shape
Upgrades implemented Francis turbine – runner replacement Courtesy of NORCAN hydraulic turbine inc. Hnet = 105m Output before the upgrade = 4500 kW Output after the upgrade = 5200 kW (only runner replaced)
CFD diagnostics Classical Kaplan – erosion on the throat ring Tracking reason for cavitation
CFD diagnostics Classical Kaplan – leading edge tip: reasons for erosion
Bad inflow conditions on one side of the runner and very good on the other side CFD diagnostics Semi - Spiral Case Kaplan Unit