Hydraulic Aspects of West Delaware Tunnel Hydroelectric Development

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by Michael Byrne, Voith Hydro, Inc, York, United States,
Donald T. Krom, Voith Hydro, Inc, York, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '91: A New View of Hydro Resources

Abstract: Construction of a 7,500 kilowatt hydroelectric plant at the end of a 70 kilometer long water supply tunnel posed unusual hydraulic conditions that needed special consideration. Cooperation between the owner and the equipment supplier at an early stage in the design, allowed the equipment supplier to model the complex set of field conditions using its proprietary software. Results from the analysis facilitated selection of the optimum equipment package for reliable development of the site. As the equipment supplier's program proved extremely accurate, commissioning of the unit went smoothly.

Subject Headings: Tunnels | Hydraulics | Hydro power | Power plants | Water tunnels | Hydraulic pressure | Computer software | Construction management | North America | Delaware | United States

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