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Québec generates, transmits and distributes electricity and is currentlyoperating 60 hydroelectric generating stations throughout Quebec and EasternCanada. Occasionally, a station may experience a load rejection, where theload is suddenly removed from the generator, causing a stopped turbine torotate if a downstream safety device, such as a gate or stop logs, is not put inplace. For safety considerations it is important for Hydro
Québec to be able toestimate the hydraulic response in the power plant tailrace in the event of aload rejection.
Traditional methods of determining the hydraulic response involved physicalmonitoring of water levels in the tailrace during a test load rejection. In this study,Hydro
Québec selected MIKE 11 to evaluate the feasibility of using a numericalmodel to estimate the water level response in the tail race due to a typical loadrejection scenario.
Estimate hydraulic behaviour in a power plant tailrace due to load rejection
Reduce costs for load rejection testing
Use hydraulic modelling to estimate thehydraulic behaviour of the tailrace due to aload rejection event.
Reduce material and operating costsassociated with physical testing of loadrejection
Gain a better understanding of thehydraulics in the tailrace following a loadrejection
Increase worker safety during load rejectionevents
Québec's Beauharnois generating station.© Photo credits: Hydro
MIKE BY DHI CASE STORY
HYDROPOWER LOAD REJECTION MODELLING
Québec saves money and reduces risks by modelling the hydraulic impactsof load rejections