57 research outputs found

    Vulnerability of hydropower installations to climate change : preliminary study

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    The climate trends observed worldwide over the past few decades appear to corroborate the concerns of the scientific community about the many threats posed by global warming. Future changes of the current climate are expected to occur on different scales all around the globe, hence modifying the environmental background on the basis of which technological installations have been designed and operated. This can potentially threat the safety of the installations as well as their. The development of suitable tools aiming to predict the impact of climate change on technological installations is then essential in the wider context of climate change mitigation. Hydropower installations play often a crucial role not only as a long-term renewable resource of energy but also for flood control and water supply in the case of droughts. All these aspects highlight the increasing importance of such installations as well as their growing vulnerability to natural hazards. It is hence essential to enlarge the current understanding of the interaction mechanisms between such installations and the changing surrounding environment in order to take adequate measures for climate change adaptation and ensure the future safety and productivity of hydropower production. The current study aims to provide a novel model for the evaluation of the impact of climate change on the safety of hydropower stations. The approach adopted allows to include in the model the uncertainty inevitably associated with the input variables and to propagate such uncertainty within the analysis. The model proposed is finally applied to a realistic case-study in order to highlight its potential and limitations

    Dynamic safety assessment of a nonlinear pumped-storage generating system in a transient process

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    This paper focuses on a pumped-storage generating system with a reversible Francis turbine and presents an innovative framework for safety assessment in an attempt to overcome their limitations. Thus the aim is to analyze the dynamic safety process and risk probability of the above nonlinear generating system. This study is carried out based on an existing pumped-storage power station. In this paper we show the dynamic safety evaluation process and risk probability of the nonlinear generating system using Fisher discriminant method. A comparison analysis for the safety assessment is performed between two different closing laws, namely the separate mode only to include a guide vane and the linkage mode that includes a guide vane and a ball valve. We find that the most unfavorable condition of the generating system occurs in the final stage of the load rejection transient process. It is also demonstrated that there is no risk to the generating system with the linkage mode but the risk probability of the separate mode is 6 percent. The results obtained are in good agreement with the actual operation of hydropower stations. The developed framework may not only be adopted for the applications of the pumped-storage generating system with a reversible Francis turbine but serves as the basis for the safety assessment of various engineering applications.National Natural Science Foundation of ChinaFundamental Research Funds for the Central UniversitiesScientific research funds of Northwest A&F UniversityScience Fund for Excellent Young Scholars from Northwest A&F University and Shaanxi Nova progra

    Numerical analysis of the flow mechanism and axial force characteristics of the cavity in a centrifugal pump with a front inducer

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    At three flow conditions (0.8Qd, 1.0Qd, and 1.2Qd), the centrifugal pump cavity with front inducer was expanded at 0°, 90°, 180°, and 270°, and a flow path analysis of the axial cross section at the four angles was performed. This revealed that the circumferential and radial velocities of the liquid in the pump cavity along the same angle at different radii follow an axial and radial variation law to different degrees. The pump cavity center axial liquid velocity component along the radial distribution at different angles was analyzed, and liquid pressure in the pump cavity along the radial distribution was numerically analyzed from different points of view. The mean pump cavity pressure was plotted along the radial distribution curve, and a detailed numerical calculation of the axial force of the centrifugal pump and pump cavity was developed. The influence of flow conditions on the liquid flow mechanism and axial force characteristics in the pump cavity was thoroughly discussed. The results showed that liquid flow in the centrifugal pump cavity with the front inducer is mainly restricted by the main flow of the volute. The liquid eddy current in the pump cavity is mainly concentrated near the volute and the hub at 90° and 180° angles, and the higher the flow rate, the larger is the area of the side vortex of the impeller-cover plate, and the smaller is the area of the side vortex of the pump-cover plate. When the flow rate increases, the flow direction of the eddy current at the same angle in the pump cavity remains unchanged, but when the flow rate becomes too high, the flow direction of the eddy current at the same angle in the pump cavity changes. When the range of circumferential and radial partial velocities decreases, the rotational angular velocity increases, and the pressure decreases. At low flow rate, the larger the area of the volute corresponding to the pump cavity, the higher the speed becomes. The axial force in the pump cavity is the most important factor determining the axial force of the centrifugal pump