Improving the Efficiency of a Hydro-Turbine System by Vortex Generators
This paper studies the effect of vortex generators on hydro-turbine working performances. The study was carried out on a hydro-turbine system provided by Waterpumps Oy, Finland. First, the performance of the hydro-turbine system was analyzed with a CFD solver under different working conditions. Then, the hydro-turbine performance was examined with several vortex generators installed uniformly on the inside wall of the draft tube near its inlet. The turbine system’s efficiencies were compared for cases with and without vortex generators. Results show that turbine performs better when there are vortex generators installed in the draft tube of which the pressure recovery factor is much higher.
Hao Zhang, Yang Fu and Zhong Tang
H. C. Pan and S. L. Hong, "Improving the Efficiency of a Hydro-Turbine System by Vortex Generators", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 354-355, pp. 636-641, 2012