The benefits of applied research to hydropower development

Joseph M. Wetzel, Richard L. Voigt, John S Gulliver, Efi Foufoula, Heinz G. Stefan, Roger E.A. Arndt

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Abstract

Applied research at hydraulic laboratories traditionally has involved the physical modelling of hydraulic structures. Advancements in computer technology have provided the tools necessary for making great strides in the area of stochastic hydrology and for studying its impact on selection of more representative design flows, fluid flow computations and their impact on hydromachine and hydraulic structure design, and the optimization of reservoir operation to achieve the best possible use of the water at hydropower facilities. The St. Anthony Falls Hydraulic Laboratory has been involved in hydraulic modeling for over 50 years. This paper discusses some of the more recent applied research conducted at the Laboratory and its impact on the hydropower community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)472-476
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the American Power Conference
Volume52
StatePublished - Dec 1 1990

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