Experimental and numerical investigations on performances of Darriues-type hydro turbine with inlet nozzle

Daisuke Matsushita, Kei Tanaka, Satoshi Watanabe, Kusuo OKuma, Akinori Furukawa

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Low head hydropower is one of realistic renewable energies. The Darrieus-type hydro turbine with an inlet nozzle is available for such low head conditions because of its simple structure with easy maintenance. Experimental and numerical studies are carried out in order to examine the effects of gap distances between the runner pitch circle and two edges of inlet nozzle on turbine performances. By selecting narrower gaps of left and right edges, the performance could be improved. From the results of two dimensional numerical simulations, the relation between the performance and flow behaviors around the Darrieus blade are discussed to obtain the guideline of appropriate inlet nozzle design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-159
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Fluid Machinery and Systems
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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