Overshot water wheel efficiency measurements for low heads and low flowrates
Brno University of Technology, Facutly of Mechanical engineering, Energy Institute, 616 69, Technická 2, Brno, Czech Republic
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Published online: 24 October 2022
Utilizing of low renewable energy sources is an actual topic nowadays. This paper is focused on the locations with the low hydro-energy potential. It means locations with a head about 1m and flow rates about tens of litres per second. Hydro turbines for such parameters belong to the pico-turbines. It is not easy to design the hydro-turbine for such parameters with an acceptable efficiency. One of the possibilities is to use a water wheel. It is possible to find in a literature that the efficiency of overshot water wheels achieves 85%. This is the very good efficiency. It is not so easy to find some experimental data which proves this statement. Aims of this work are to design a simple manufactured overshot water wheel, measure the hydraulic efficiency of this wheel for wide range of parameters, finding an effect of the leading edge adjusting and the effect of the channel outflow edge position on the water wheel efficiency.
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