Design and Performance of a Siphon Penstock

by W. R. Ivarson, Harza Engineering Co, Chicago, IL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


Siphons can be a cost effective alternative to more traditional means of conveying water to hydroelectric turbines. The City of Ann Arbor, Michigan selected a siphon as the most cost effective means of redeveloping the fourteen feet of head for hydroelectric power at their Superior Dam on the Huron River. Other alternatives considered included a cut and cover penstock through the earth dam fill and an integral intake powerhouse again through the earth dam fill.

Subject Headings: Earthfill dams | Siphons | Conduits | Hydro power | Power plants | Embankment dams | Water intakes | Turbines | Michigan | United States

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