Overview of SPH-ALE applications for hydraulic turbines in ANDRITZ Hydro
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Over the past 13 years, ANDRITZ Hydro has developed an in-house tool based on the SPH-ALE method for applications in flow simulations in hydraulic turbines. The initial motivation is related to the challenging simulation of free surface flows in Pelton turbines, where highly dynamic water jets interact with rotating buckets, creating thin water jets traveling inside the housing and possibly causing disturbances on the runner. The present paper proposes an overview of industrial applications allowed by the developed tool, including design evaluation of Pelton runners and casings, transient operation of Pelton units and free surface flows in hydraulic structures.
KeywordsPelton turbine two-phase folw smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) arbitrary Lagrange-Euler (ALE)
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