Hydraulic machines IEC 60193 test platform

Comprehensive pump-turbine characterisation testing in an independent laboratory

OVERVIEW

Qualifying hydraulic runners in accordance with the IEC 60193 standard

Our hydraulic test rig offers a complete solution for performing acceptance tests on Francis turbines, storage pumps and reversible pump-turbines, in accordance with the IEC 60193 standard.

Investigating physical hydraulic phenomena to improve efficiency 

Physical hydraulic phenomena such as S-shape, hump region or cavitation characteristics can be investigated thanks to combined measurements, the ability to visualise water flow on a reduced-scale experimental test rig and Computational Fluid Dynamics simulation (CFD).

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Investigating physical hydraulic phenomena to improve efficiency

AVAILABLE SERVICES

Contact us to discuss your needs relating to:

  • Efficiency measurements
  • Measuring and visualising cavitation limits
  • Turbine runaway characterisation
  • 4 quadrants characterisation
  • Dynamic torque measurements
  • Dynamic axial and radial thrust measurements
  • Wicket gates torque measurements
  • Dissolved oxygen measurements
  • Velocity field measurement

We can also perform personalised tests in accordance with your needs.

TEST PLATFORM DESCRIPTION

Located at our Grenoble site, the hydraulic test platform is the only independent hydraulic test rig in France able to perform tests according to the IEC 60193 standard.

Our modern test rig offers flexibility and reduced down time. It can operate in all 4 quadrants with automated operational mode settings. We perform all test operations and mode changing from the control room with automated valves, allowing fast, repeatable tests. Our modular facility can accommodate different vertical shaft runners for various hydraulic models (Francis turbine or Pump-Turbine).

The platform is equipped with high-precision measuring instruments, suitable for both development and acceptance tests. Automated system and supervision software enable rapid performance assessment.

The main features of the platform are:

  • Maximum Head: 100 mWC
  • Maximum Discharge: 800 l/s
  • Maximum Rotational Speed: 1800 rpm
  • Output Generator Power: 330 kW
  • Pumping group Power: 410 kW
  • Efficiency accuracy: ≤ 0,3 % in accordance with IEC60193 standard
We perform all test operations and mode changing from the control room with automated valves, allowing fast, repeatable tests.
Located in Grenoble, the hydraulic test platform is the only independent hydraulic test rig in France able to perform tests according to IEC 60193 standards.

WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE

The only independent hydraulic test rig in France able to test in all 4 quadrants of reversible pump turbines, according to the IEC60193 standard.

IEC 60193 independent test rig

The only independent hydraulic test rig in France able to test in all 4 quadrants of reversible pump turbines, according to the IEC60193 standard.

Innovate CAO designs & features

We are capable of visualising & measuring water flow structures in a turning runner, thanks to:

  • Windows on the runner hub and in the upper head cover
  • Innovative markers such as fine wires or micrometric gas bubbles
We are able to visualise cavitation in a turbine inlet on both the pressure and suction sides.

Cavitation in the turbine inlet

We are able to visualise cavitation in a turbine inlet on both the pressure and suction sides.

SIMULATION TOOLS

Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations complete experimental results and give an overall view of the tested machine.

We have developed numerical tools to assist our clients and support our investigations on physical hydraulic phenomena, new runner designs, in-use runner efficiency improvements or experimental data treatments.

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