Physical Hydraulic Modeling for a Small Hydroelectric Redevelopment

by George V. Cotroneo, Acres American Inc, Buffalo, NY, USA,
Dennis T. O'Dea, Acres American Inc, Buffalo, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water for Resource Development


In the development of a small hydroelectric project, the operating head on the plant is usually limited. On these projects, the need to minimize head losses and eliminating other factors which may induce poor performance, is much more critical than in large developments with higher available heads. The recently completed Upper Mechanicville Project, near Albany, New York, is typical of small hydroelectric redevelopment in New York State at an existing dam with navigation lock facilities. The intake channel and tailrace channel are designed with the aid of physical models. An upstream model predicts approach flow characteristics of the powerhouse. The impact of the tailrace on navigation is investigated in a separate model of the downstream area.

Subject Headings: Hydraulic models | Physical models | Hydrologic models | Hydro power | Locks (dam) | Navigation (waterway) | Construction management | Water intakes | New York | United States

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