Low Head Hydropower Finite Element Analysis

by Peter W. Soltys, Stetson-Harza, Utica, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


Finite element analysis provides a means of predicting the flow conditions resulting from the operation of a proposed hydropower facility. The results of a finite element flow analysis can then be compared to existing conditions to determine the effects of proposed hydropower operations on the existing environment and dam function. Finite element models can also be used to optimize hydraulic conditions at a site to improve energy output from a hydropower project. This paper discusses the application of finite element models to low head hydropower projects including a review of typical projects and the problems encountered during the modeling process.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Head (fluid mechanics) | Hydro power | Optimization models | Hydraulic models | Power plants | Mathematical models | Hydrologic models

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