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A numerical prediction of the hydrodynamic torque acting on a safety butterfly valve in a hydro-electric power scheme

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Henderson, AD and Sargison, JE and Walker, GJ and Haynes, J (2008) A numerical prediction of the hydrodynamic torque acting on a safety butterfly valve in a hydro-electric power scheme. WSEAS Transactions on Fluid Mechanics, 3 (3). pp. 218-223. ISSN 1790-5087

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Abstract

A numerical study of the flow through a safety butterfly valve used in a hydro-electric power scheme to stop water supply to a downstream penstock is reported. Computational fluid dynamics applied in a quasi-steady manner is used to predict the variation in hydrodynamic torque coefficient with opening angle during a constant head test. Factors influencing these results, such as Reynolds number and unsteady flow effects, are found to be significant. The predicted results are compared with field measurements of the full-size valve. Issues associated with applying the numerical results to predict valve characteristics at higher Reynolds numbers are discussed. Further computational and experimental studies are recommended.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Numerical Safety Butterfly Valve Torque Hydro Electric
Journal or Publication Title: WSEAS Transactions on Fluid Mechanics
Page Range: pp. 218-223
ISSN: 1790-5087
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2009 02:51
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:54
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/8179
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