Evaluating the Hydraulic Capacity of Existing Hydropower Plants

Rhoel C. Villa

Abstract


Expanding the generating capacity of existing hydropower plants requires an increase in the hydraulic capacity of the conveyance system. Hydraulic analysis must be undertaken not only to establish the hydraulic capacity of the existing system but also to serve as aid in the formulation of schemes to increase the hydraulic capacity. Guidelines for the conduct of hydraulic analysis for small hydropower plants are discussed. Major factors which have to be considered are also outlined.

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