Digital Data Acquisition and Performance Testing of Hydroelectric Equipmentby Allen B. Lewey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, United States,
Abstract: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hydroelectric Design Center has elected to use digital data acquisition methods when conducting performance tests of hydroelectric units. Transducers have replaced the manometers, rotating standards, staff gages, etc., and electronic instruments and computer equipment has replaced many of the personnel previously required to record and reduce the data. As a result the Center has been able to improve the quality of its testing program during a time of manpower reductions and budget cuts. The Corp's experience with digital data acquisition is discussed, along with the pros and cons of using such methods.
Subject Headings: Hydro power | Data collection | Equipment and machinery | Hydrologic data | Data processing | Federal government | Information management | Hydraulic design
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