Murray Hydro Project—Structural Design

by W. Brant Frye, Southern Electric Int, Birmingham, AL, USA,
Robert W. Talmadge, Southern Electric Int, Birmingham, AL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


This paper will summarize design criteria, parameters, methods of analysis, and other relevant data that were used in the design process of the structural features of the Murray powerhouse and other related structures. In addition, this paper will address areas of unique concern to projects of this type such as construction requirements, agency review, turbine equipment interface and project constraints due to pre-existing facilities. Unique characteristics of this project which require special consideration by design and construction are: a. Turbine size dictates large water passages. b. River flow limitations require a low profile powerhouse. c. Powerhouse overtops during flood conditions. d. Substation on powerhouse deck must be protected during floods.

Subject Headings: Hydraulic structures | Floods | Hydraulic design | Hydraulic loads | Structural analysis | Hydro power | Power plants | Construction equipment

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