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Q. 1. Discuss briefly the guide mechanism in reaction turbines. Ans. It consists of a stationary circular wheel all round the runner of the turbine. The stationary guide vanes are fixed on guide mechanism The guide vanes allow the water t strike the vanes fixed on the runner without shock at inlet. The width between two adjacent vanes of guide mechanism can be altered so that the amount of water striking the runner can be varied.

Q. 2. List the advantages of Kaplan Turbine over Francis Turbine. Ans. Advantages of Kaplan turbine over Francis turbine (i) Runner vanes are adjustable in Kaplan turbine while in Francis turbine run vanes are not adjustable. (ii) There is less resistance offered as the number of vanes are fewer in Kaplan turbine (in) Specific speed range 250-850 m Kaplan turbine In Francis turbine specific speed range is 5o250.

Q. 3. Draw velocity triangles at inlet and outlet of typical Francis turbine vane. Ans. There are three types of velocity triangles for. inlet and outlet in Francis turbine. Triangles are made for slow runner, medium runner and fast runner.

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Fig. Medium Runner

Fig. Fast Runner Q. 4. Define degree of reaction and Eulers Head. Ans. The degree of reaction (R) is defined as a ratio of change of pressure energy in the runner to the change of total energy in the runner per kg of water.

Eulers Head: It is defined as energy transfer per unit weight.

Q.5. Why is the efficiency of Kaplan turbine nearly constant irrespective of speed variation under load? Ans. Kaplan turbines has the concept of adjusting the runner vanes in the face of changing load conditions on the turbine, with proper adjustment of blades during its running the Kaplan turbine is capable of giving a constant and high efficiency for a wide range of load conditions. The pitch of the blades is also automatically adjusted by the governor through the action of a servo meter. Q. 6. Define specific speed of a turbine and write down its expression. Ans. The specific speed of a turbine may be defined as the speed of an imaginary turbine, identical with the given turbine which will develop a unit power under a unit head. It is given by N = Speed of the runner in r.p.m. H =Head of water P = Power produced. Q. 7. Sketch different types of draft tubes. Ans. Following are the important types of draft tubes which are commonly used. 1. Conical draft tubes 2/26


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2. Simple elbow tubes 3. Moody spreading tubes 4. Elbow with circular inlet and rectangular outlet.

Fig. Types of draft tubes Q. 8. List the various functions of surge tanks. Ans. Surge tanks have the following functions: 1. To control the pressure variations, due to rapid changes in the pipeline flow, thus eliminating water hammer possibilities. 2. To regulate the flow of water to the turbines. 3. To reduce the distance between the free water surface and turbine, thereby reducing the water hammer effect on penstock. 4. It protects up stream tuner from high pressure rises. Q. 9. Explain (i) Hydraulic efficiency (ii) Mechanical efficiency (iii) Overall efficiency of turbines. Ans. (i) Hydraulic Efficiency-It is the ratio of work done on the wheel to the head of rater (or energy) actually supplied to the turbine i.e.

(ii) Mechanical Efficiencyit is the ratio of actual work available at the turbine to e energy imparted to the wheel. (iii) Overall Efficiencyit is a measure f the performance of a turbine and is the 120 of power produced by the turbine to the energy actually supplied to the turbine. Q. 10. Differentiate between Francis and Kaplan turbine.
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Ans. Chapter 3 : Francis and Kaplan Turbine | Fluid Machinery Q. 11. List the unit quantities as applied to turbo-machines. Ans. (i) Unit power (ii) Unit speed (iii) Unit discharge. Unit Power-The powered developed by a turbine working under a head of 1 meter, is known as unit power: P =Power developed, H =Head of water Unit Speed-The speed of turbine, working under a head of 1 meter, is known as unit speed

N = speed of turbine, H = Head of water Unit Discharge-The discharge of a turbine, working under a head of 1 meter, is known as unit discharge. Q = Discharge, = Head of water Q. 12. List the factors/criteria to choose a turbine. Or How to decide whether Kalpan, Francis or a pelton type tupe turbine would be used in a hydro project? Ans. The selection of turbines depend on the following considerations. 1. Operating Head Pelton turbine - Greater than 400 m Francis turbine - 50-400 m Kaplan turbine - Less than 50 m 2. Specific speed-Turbine having high specific speed is selected. High speed means a smaller size of the turbine. Francis turbines run at higher speeds (50250) than those of pelton wheels (850), Kaplan turbine have the greatest specific speed (2501000). 3. Cavitation- Cavitation occurs when the pressure at the runner outlet equals vapour pressure. Francis turbines can not be used for very high heads because of cavitation. Pelton turbines are free from cavitation because the pressure at runner outlet is the atmospheric. 4. Performance characteristicsTurbines should be selected in such a way that their efficiencies do not fall appreciably when operating under part load. Francis turbines operate efficiently between half and full load. Kaplan turbines are more efficient at low heads. 5. Overall costThe plant should be designed for the minimum cost as cost is the prime consideration in designing a plant 6. Number of unitsIt is better to go in for a larger unit as far as possible, but there must be at least two units at any particular site so that one unit is always available. Q. 13. What is the importance of a draft tube in a Francis turbine 7 Discuss different types of draft tubes. 4/26


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Ans. It is a pipe, which connects the turbine and outlet or tail race, through which the water exhausted from the runner, flows to the outlet channel. It also act as a water conduit. Draft tube has the following important function: 1. It makes the installation possible above the tail race level without the loss of head. 2. Water velocity at runner outlet is very, high. By using draft tube the velocity can be lowered. Loss of kinetic energy is converted into pressure energy. 3. Draft tube prevents the splashing of water coming out of the runner. Different types of draft tubes used are: (1) Conical draft tubes (2) Simple elbow tubes (3) Moody spreading tubes (4) Elbow with circular inlet and rectangular outlet.

Fig. Types of draft tubes (1) Conical Draft TubesThis is known as tapered draft tube and used in all reaction turbines where conditions permit. It is preferred for low specific speed and Francis turbine. The maximum cone angle is 8 (a = 40). The hydraulic efficiency is 90%. (2) Simple Elbow Tubes-The elbow type draft tube is often preferred in most of the power plants. If the tube is large in diameter; it may be necessary to make the horizontal portion of some other section. A common form of section used is over or rectangular. It has low efficiency around 60%. (3) Moody Spreading Tubes-This tube is used to reduce the whirling action of discharge water when turbine runs at high speed under low head conditions. The draft tube has efficiency around 85%. (4) Elbow with circular inlet and rectangular outletThis tube has circular cross- section at inlet and rectangular section at outlet. The change from circular section to rectangular section take place in the bend from vertical leg to the horizontal leg. The efficiency is about 85%. Q. 14. Derive the expression for specific speed of turbine. What is the range of specific speed for reaction turbine? Ans. Power available at turbine shaft 5/26


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and w are constant:

(1) the absolute velocity v

The tangential velocity u, the flow velocity and the head H on the turbine are related as

Now Also

Substituting this value in expression (1)

(2) Where k is constant of proportionality Now taking H =1, P= 1, then (specific speed)

Expression (ii) may be written as

Specific speed, Specific speed for Francis turbine = 50 250. Specific speed for Kaplan turbine = 250 850. Q. 15. Show that in a given turbine v H = available head, u tangential velocity, Q = discharge, P power developed. Ans. (i) We know that

Absolute velocity v (1) Also tangential velocity, So from (1) and (2) (ii) So Q = Area of flow x Velocity (2)




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so Q. 16. Define draft tube

(hence proved). efficiency. Give mathematical

expression. Ans. The efficiency of the draft tube is defined as the ratio of actual conversion of kinetic head into pressure head in the draft tube to the kinetic head at the inlet of the draft tube.


Q .17. Why the draft tube is not used for Pelton turbine? Ans. In case of pelton turbine all the K. E. is lost and draft tube is not used because the pressure value is just the atmospheric so there is no requirement of draft tube. Q .18. What is the function of scross casing in reaction turbines? Ans. Scroll casing provides the limited area around the runner to maintain the constant velocity of water flow around the runner The material of scroll casing may be cost steel, cast iron, concrete or concrete and steel. Q.19. Explain with neat sketch the operation of Kaplan turbine, governing of Kaplan characteristics. turbines and their performance

Ans. Kaplan Turbine The figure shows a schematic diagram of Kaplan turbine The function of the guide vane is same as in case of Francis turbine Between the guide vanes and the runner, the fluid in a propeller turbine turns through a right-angle into the axial direction and then passes through the runner. The runner usually has four or six blades and closely resembles a ships propeller Neglecting the frictional effects, the flow approaching the runner blades can be considered to be a free vortex with whirl velocity being inversely proportional to radius, while on the other hand, the blade velocity is directly proportional to the radius The take care of this different relationship of the fluid velocity and the blade velocity with the changes in radius, the blades are twisted. The angle with axis is greater at the tip that at the root.



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Performance Characteristics of Reaction Turbine: It is not always possible in practice, although desirable, to run a machine at its maximum efficiency due to changes in operating parameters. Therefore, it becomes important to know the performance of the machine under conditions for which the efficiency is less than the maximum It is more useful to plot the basic dimensionless performance parameters (Fig 1) as derived earlier from the similarity principles of fluid machines Thus one set of curves, as shown in Fig 1, is applicable not just to the conditions of the test, but to any machine in the same homologous series under any altered conditions.

Fig.I: Performance characteristics of a reaction turbine in dimensionless parameters) Figure 2 is one of the typical plots where variation in efficiency of different reaction turbines with the rated power is shown.

Fig. 2 Variation of efficiency with load Governing of Reaction Turbines- Governing of reaction turbines is usually done by altering the position of the guide vanes and thus controlling the flow rate by changing the gate openings to the runner. The guide blades of a reaction turbine are pivoted and connected by levers and links to the regulating ring. Two long regulating rods, being attached to the regulating ring at their one ends, are connected to a regulating lever at their other ends. The regulating lever is keyed to a regulating shaft which is turned by a servomotor piston of the oil.



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Q. 20. Write note on Surge tanks. Ans. A surge tank is a storage reservoir fitted at some opening made on a long penstock to receive the rejected flow when the penstock is suddenly closed by a value fitted at its steed end. Surge tanks, relieves the pipe line of excessive pressure produced due to closing of the penstock, thus eliminating positive water hammer effect by admitting in it a large mass of water which would have flown out of the pipe line. It is also used in a large pumping plant to control variations resulting from rapid changes in the flow. Functions of surge tanks: (1) To control the pressure variations by reliving the line of excessive pressure. (2) Regulation of flow in power plants and pumping plants. (3) Regulation of turbine speed. Location of surge tank: Theoretically it should be located close to a power or pumping plant. It is generally located at the junction of pressure tunnel and penstock or on the side of the mountain. Types of surge tanks: (1) Single surge tanks (2) Restricted orifice type (3) Differential type.

Q. 21. Write short note on design of runner for reaction turbine. Ans. Suppose, H = Head N = Running Speed P = Power Output The design Procedure is given as follows. 1. Assume probable values of Hydraulic efficiency. Overall efficiency n, Ratio of width to diameter Flow ratio 2. Find Discharge by using Shaft Power 3. Area through which water enters



are entrance diameter and width.

is effect for the vanes. 4. Find tangential velocity



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5. Find Flow Velocity, 6. Obtain and by using

Assume Use continuity equation

(1) Net Head, H = (2) Hydraulic efficiency, (3) Discharge through Kaplan turbine:

Problem 1. A Francis turbine works under a head of 25 m producing 3675 kW at 150 r.p.m. Determine the (a) Unit power and unit speed of the turbine (b) Specific speed of the turbine and (c) Power developed by this turbine if the speed is reduced to 100 r.p.m. Solution. P= 3675 kW H=25m N = 150 r.p.m. Unit power and unit speed Unit power:

Unit speed:

Specific speed of the turbine

= 162.66 =163 r.p.m. Power developed if the speed reduced to 100 r.p.m. We know that



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Problem. 2. A Kaplan turbine runner is to be designed to develop 7357.5 kW shaft power. The net available head is 5.50 m. Assume that the speed ratio is 2.09 and flow ratio is 0.68 and the overall efficiency is 60%. The diameter of the boss is rd of the diameter of the runner. Find the diameter of the runner, its speed and its specific speed. Solution: Given: Shaft power P = 7357.5 kW Head H = 5.50m Speed ratio

Flow ratio

Overall efficiency, Diameter of boss,

= 60% = 0.60

Using relation

0.60 =

We have 11/26


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6.788m And Using = 61.08 r.p.m. Specific speed is given by = 622 r.p.m. Problem. 3. The following data pertains to an inward flow reaction turbine Net head = 60 m, speed = 650 r.p.m., Brake power = 275 kW Ratio of wheel width to wheel diameter at inlet = 0.10 Ratio of inner diameter to outer diameter = 0.5 Flow ratio = 0.17, = 0.95 and = 0.85. The flow 6.788 = 2.262 m

velocity remains constant and the discharge is radial. Neglecting area blockage by blades, work out the main dimensions and blade angles of the turbine. Solution: Flow velocity = =5.83m/s Power available from the turbine shaft = w Q H x 275 x = (9810 x Q x 60) x 0.85 Discharge through the turbine, = 0.55 Also 0.55 = Diameter of wheel at inlet, x 0.1 d x 5.83 = 0.5486m = 54.86cm /s =5.83m/s

Width of wheel at inlet,

= 0.1 x 54.86 = 5.486 cm.

Diameter of wheel at outlet, = 0.5 d = 0.5 x 54.86 = 27.43 cm Since the discharge of water at inlet and outlet tips is same,

Width of wheel at outlet, Angles at inlet: Peripheral velocity at inlet, Hydraulic efficiency,

= 0.1097 m = 10.97 cm

= 18.66 m/s



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Hydraulic efficiency, 0.9 5

Angles at outlet:


Problem 4. A Francis turbine with an overall efficiency of 75% is required to produce 14825 kW power. It is working under a head of 7.62 m. The peripheral velocity = 0.26 radial velocity of flow at inlet are 0.96 and the

. The wheel runs at

150 r.p.m. and the hydraulic losses in the turbine are 22% of the available energy. Assume Radial discharge, determine (i) The guide blade angle (ii) The wheel vane angle at inlet (iii) Diameter of the wheel at inlet, and (iv) Width of the wheel at inlet. Solution: Overall efficiency, = Power produced = 148.25 kW Head = 7.62 m Peripheral velocity, = 3.179 m/s Velocity of flow at inlet,

= 11.738 m/s



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Speed, N = 150 r.p.m. Hydrauls losses = 22% of available energy Discharge at outlet = Radial Hydraulic efficiency is given as



= 18.34 m/s 1. The guide blade angle, a =0.64 0.64 = 32.619 2. The wheel vane angle at inlet, =0.774

0.774 = 37.74 3. Diameter of wheel at inlet

=0.4047m 4. Width of the wheel at inlet


= 2.644 Using

2.644 =

x 0.4047 x x 11.738



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2.644 =

x 0.4047 x x 11.738

= 0.177m Problem 5. A hydro-turbine is required to give 25 mW at 50 m heat and 90 r.p.m. runner speed. The laboratory facilities available permit testing of 20 kW model at 5m head. What should be the model runner speed and model prototype scale ratio? Solution: = 25 mW = 90 r.p.m. =50m =20 kW =5 m

Scale ratio

= =90x6.29x

=6.29 =179r.p.m.

Problem 6. In an inward flow reaction turbine having vertical shaft, water enters the runner from the guide blades at an angle of 155 with the runner blade angle at entry being 100. Both these angles are measure from the tangent at runner periphery drawn in the direction of runner rotation. The flow velocity through the runner is constant, water enters the draft tube from tile runner without whirl and the discharge from the draft tube into the tail race takes place with a velocity of 2.5 m/s. The runner has the dimensions of 40 cm external diameter and 3.8 cm inlet width. The turbine works with a net head of 35m and the loss of head in the turbine due to fluid n is 4m of water. Draw vector diagrams and calculate: 1. Speed of the runner 2. Runner blade angle at a point on the outlet edge where the radius of rotation is 9 cm. 3. Power generated by the turbine and its specific speed. 4. Inlet diameter of the draft tube. Solution. Velocities at inlet and exit are related by the expression:

From the inlet velocity triangle



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= (180155) =25 = (180 100) = 800

Since the discharge is in radial direction, Work done = From the energy balance, Head supplied runner) 3.5 + = 8.45m/s = 1.968 1. ;1663= = 794 r.p.m. = 1.968 x 8.45 = l6.63m/s +4 = 0.43

= (work done) + (kinetic heat at exit) + (losses in the

N= 2. From outlet velocity triangle:

=8.45m/s Peripheral velocity of the outer edge at 9 cm radius = 16.63 x = 7.48 m/s =

= 1.13 ; vane angle at outlet, Discharge through the turbine, Q 3. Power developed by the turbine, = 0.4035

x 0.4 x 0.038 x 8.45

= 9810 x 0.4035 x 0.43

121.5 x

W = 121.5 kW

Assume a mechanical efficiency of 98% 4. Power available at turbine shaft = 121. 5 x 0.98 = 119.07 Specific speed of the turbine, Ns = 101.77



Specific speed of the turbine, Ns

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= 101.77 = 0.04775

5. Inlet area of draft tube = = If d is the inlet diameter of the tube,

=0.04775 d= =0.246m

Problem.7. Francis turbine develops 365 kW at an overall efficiency of 80%. When working under a static head of 5 m, the draft tube being cylindrical and of diameter 2.5 m. What increase in power and efficiency of the turbine would you expect if a tapered draft tube having an inlet diameter of 4m and efficiency of conversion of 90% is substituted for the cylindrical one? It maybe presumed that head, speed and discharge remain constant. Solution Power available = wQH 365 x = (9810 x Q x 5) x 0.8

Q= When the draft tube is tapered one velocity of water at inlet to draft tube =1.89m/s velocity of water at outlet of draft tube =0.74m/s Heat gained = xO.9 = 0.14 m = 0.028 = 2.8%

Increase in efficiency =

Increase in power = increase in efficiency x original power = 0.028 x (9810 x 9.30 x 5) =12773W=12.77kW Problem.8. An inward flow reaction turbine discharges radially and the velocity of flow is constant and equal to the velocity of discharge from the turbine. Show that the hydraulic efficiency can be expressed by

Where a and are respectively the guide vane angle and wheel vane angle at Intel. Solution. From the inlet velocity triangle 17/26


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For radical discharge at outlet Thus

Or Substituting the value of , we get

Also substituting the value of u from above, we get



Or Problem.9. The velocity of whirl at inlet to the runner of an inward flow reaction turbine is (3.15 of flow at inlet is (1.05 (0.22 ) m/s and the velocity

) m/s. The velocity of whirl at exit is

) m/s in the same direction as at inlet and the velocity ) where H is the head in meters. The

of flow at exit is (0.83

inner diameter of the runner is 0.6 times the outer diameter. Assuming hydraulic efficiency of 80%, compute the angles of the runner vanes at inlet and exit.


From inlet velocity triangle, we have 18/26


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1.9091 = 6221 From outlet velocity triangle, we have

=0.6194 =3146 Problem.10. The inlet and the outlet runner blade angles of a propeller turbine are and 25 respectively to the tangential direction of the runner. The inlet guide vane angle is 30. The speed of the turbine 30 rpm. The mean diameter of the runner blades is 3.6 m and the area of flow is 30 . Assuming that the velocity of flow is constant throughout, determine (1) Discharge (ii) Power developed (iii) Hydraulic efficiency (iv) Specific speed. Solution.

=3.6m N =30 r.p.m. = 90 = 25 a = 30 Flow area, a = Runner blade angle at inlet is radial

As velocity of flow is constant so



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= 5.65 m/s Also = 5.65 m/s From inlet velocity triangle

=5.65xtan30 =3.262m /s =5.65m/s From outlet velocity triangle, tan 25 + 5.65 = = 7 - 5.65 = 1.35 m/s =3.529 m/s We have, [5.65 x 5.65 1.35 x 5.65] =7 m/s

H = 2.47 + 0.634 3.104 m (1)Hydraulic efficiency is given by

=0.798 = 79.8%. (2)Discharge through turbine, Q = Area of flow x Velocity of flow =30x3262=97.86 (3)Power developed by turbine Weight of water x 1000 x 9.81 x 97.86 = 2378 kW (4)Specific speed is given by 355.08 rpm

Problem.11. In a Francis turbine of very low specific speed, the velocity of flow from inlet to exit of the runner remains constant. If the turbine discharges radially, show that the



constant. If the turbine discharges radially, show that the degree of reaction p can be expressed as

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where a and are the guide and runner vane angles respectively and the degree of reaction p is equal to the ratio of pressure drop to the hydraulic work done in the runner, assuming that the losses in the runner are negligible. Solution. Applying Bernoullis equation between the inlet and exit of the runner and neglecting the potential difference, we get (for radial discharge) Where and are the pressure heads at the inlet aid the exit of the runner respectively. Thus pressure head drop due to hydraulic work done in the runner is given by



Or For radical discharge Also


Or And

u =V [cos a-sin a cot ]

Thus, introducing these values in equation (i) above and simplifying it, we get.

Problem.12. A Francis turbine supplied through a 6 m diameter penstock has the following particulars. Output of installation Flow Speed Hydraulic efficiency Mean diameter of turbine at entry Mean blade height at entry

63500 kW 117 150 r.p.m. 92% 4m 1m



Mean blade height at entry

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Entry diameter of draft tube 4.2 m Velocity in tail race 2.4 m/s The static pressure head in the penstock measured before entry to the runner is 57.4 m. The point of measurement is 3 m above the level of the tail race. The loss in the draft tube is equivalent to 30% of the velocity head at entry to it. The exit plane of the runner is 2 m above the tail race an the flow leaves the runner without swirl. Determine: 1. The overall efficiency, 2. The direction of flow relative to the runner at inlet, 3. The pressure head at entry to the draft tube. Solution. (a)The net head H for the turbine is given by equation

And Thus by substitution, we get

2.4 m/s.

= 60.98 m The overall efficiency is given by = 0.907 or 90.7% (b) Neglecting the vane thickness, the velocity of flow at inlet i given by equation

B=1m; and D=4m Thus by substitution, we get = 9.31 m/s 31.42 m/s



17.52 m/s The direction of flow relative to the runner at inlet is given by

=0.6698 (c) The pressure head at entry to the draft tube is given by equation






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And Thus by substitution, we get

=1.09 m

+1.0904.25m Problem.13. A model of Francis turbine one-fifth of full size, develops 3 kW at 306 r.p.m. under a head of 1.77 m. Find the speed and power of full size turbine operating under a head of 5.7 m, if (a) the efficiency of the model and the full size turbine are same, (b) the efficiency of the model turbine is 76% and the scale effect is considered. Solution: (a) For the same efficiency of the model and the prototype

Or =109.8 r.p.m. Further

Or =433.43kW (b) According to Moodys equation,


Or =114.5 r.p.m. We know that

Or =491.09 kw 23/26


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Problem.14. Show that in a turbine, with radial vanes at inlet and outlet, the hydraulic efficiency is given by:

Where is the guide blade angle. Assume the flow velocity to remain constant. Solution. Neglecting losses with in the runner, the energy balance gives: Head supplied = (work done or head utilized) + (kinetic head at exit)

For radial vanes at inlet and outlet

Hydraulic efficiency,

Problem.15. A Kaplan turbine develops 2250 kW under a net head of 5.5 m and with overall efficiency 87 percent. The draft tube has a diameter of 2.8 m at its inlet and has an efficiency of 78 percent. In order to avoid cavitation, the pressure head 24/26


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of 78 percent. In order to avoid cavitation, the pressure head at entry to the draft tube must not drop more than 4.5 m below atmosphere. Calculate the maximum height at which the runner may be set above the tail race level. Solution. Power available from the turbine shaft, P = wQH x 2250 = (9810 x Q x 55) x 0.87; Q = 47.93 Now =7.79 m/s


= 4.5m


Draft tube efficiency, 0.78 = = 4.5 x 0.78 = 2.087

Problem.16. An inward flow pressure turbine has runner vanes which are radial-at the inlet and inclined backward at 45 to the tangent at discharge. The guide vanes are inclined at 15 to tangent at inlet and velocity of water leaving the guides in 24 m/sec. Determine correct speed for runner and absolute velocity of water at point of discharge if diameter at entry is twice that at discharge and width at entry is 0.6 times that at discharge. Solution.

Fig. Input and outlet velocity triangle Given =15

= 24 m/s

In outlet velocity triangle



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In outlet velocity triangle = m/s Ans. We know

x33.94 x 33.94 = 28.28 m/s (For radial discharge) = 105.94 m/s Ans.