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Hydro Turbine Design and Performance Analysis using Cloud-Native Simulation

Hydro Turbine Design and Performance Analysis using Cloud-Native Simulation

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Hydro turbines typically operate off their best efficiency point (BEP) due to unsteady conditions triggered by variable demand and seasonality of flow. Turbine engineers need to develop performance curves for a turbine accounting for off-design conditions, while also optimizing the efficiency of existing and new designs to meet evolving ecological constraints and structural/mechanical considerations.  A CFD-driven analysis using SimScale’s cloud-native turbomachinery solver enables engineers to obtain turbine performance curves within minutes, thereby rapidly iterating on turbine configurations for optimal performance in a cost-effective manner. 

In this webinar, you will learn how to set up a Francis turbine simulation in SimScale and generate its characteristic performance, by launching simultaneous runs on the cloud for different flow rates and RPMs. 

Our experts demonstrate the workflow for evaluating cavitation effects in hydro turbines and walk you through post-processing the results. Regions of secondary flow and pressure gradients on the blade surfaces are also highlighted. 

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SimScale is the world’s first cloud-native SaaS engineering simulation platform, giving engineers and designers immediate access to digital prototyping early in the design stage, throughout the entire R&D cycle, and across the entire enterprise. By providing instant access to a single fluid, thermal, and structural simulation tool built on the latest cloud computing technology, SimScale has moved high-fidelity physics simulation technology from a complex and cost-prohibitive desktop application to a user-friendly web application, accessible to any designer and engineer in the world.