Hydraulic Turbine Setting Criteria

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F. O. Ruud

Technical Engineering Analysis Branch, Division of Design, Bureau of Reclamation, U. S. Department of the Interior, Denver, Colo.

J. Eng. Power 87(3), 295-298 (Jul 01, 1965) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3678253 History: Received July 28, 1964; Online January 10, 2012


Higher settings of hydraulic turbines are proposed which will result in lower relative tailwater levels with associated operational improvements. Present selling criteria may lead to unsatisfactory operation at higher tailwater levels. Cavitation damage is not necessarily prevented by low settings, and draft-tube surges may occur under high tailwater conditions.

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