Digital Data Acquisition and Performance Testing of Hydroelectric Equipment

by Allen B. Lewey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '89


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: Equipment and machinery | Hydro power | Hydraulic design | Rotation | Electronic equipment | High-rise buildings | Power plants | Data collection | United States

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