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The LHYT conducts theoretical and applied research on a range of topics in the scientific area of hydraulic turbomachinery and hydraulic installations. The research activities are supported by PhD students, undergraduate students and scientific ascociates, and funded by public or private entities.

Research

The LHYTconducts theoretical and applied research on a range of topics in the scientific area of hydraulic turbomachinery and hydraulic installations. The research activities are supported by PhD students, undergraduate students and scientific associates, and funded by public or private entities.

The main research directions of the LHYT are:

  • Design, drawing, construction and testing of prototype models of hydraulic turbomachinery (pumps of hydroturibens of all types).

  • Numerical analysis of steady and unsteady flow fields developed in hydraulic turbomachines, and simulation of transient flow mechanisms (water hammer, cavitation, etc), using in-house computer codes and commercial software.

  • Numerical design optimization of pumps and hydraulic turbines parts, and of various hydraulic components.

  • Analysis of hydrological, topographical, financial and other data for best techno-economic exploitation of water falls and hydraulic potential, and for optimum sizing of pumping stations, pipe networks and small hydroelectric plants.

  • Development and application of in-house software for the simulation and optimization of combined operation of pumps and hydroturbines with other renewable energy sources (wind, solar, wave etc), for power production inf small autonomous grids (pumped storage and hybrid power plants), as well as to support large scale penetration of RES into interconnected electric grids.

Research projects