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Piezometer plate testing for ASME PTC design and installation guidelines

Project ID: 5221
Principal Investigator: Joseph Kubitschek
Research Topic: Improved Power Generation
Priority Area Assignments: 2014 (Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation)
Funded Fiscal Years: 2014
Keywords: hydroturbines, performance testing, pressure measurement, standards

Research Question

What is the effect (if any) of plate-mounted piezometer arrangements on static pressure measurement consistency and accuracy for flowrate determination as applied to hydroturbine performance testing and, if the effect is significant, can such arrangements be modified to develop standardized design and installation guidelines that meet ASME performance test code requirements?

Need and Benefit

The outcomes of this research are expected to provide valuable data to support standardized design and installation of plate-mounted piezometers for improved static pressure and flowrate measurement accuracy during hydroturbine performance testing. Successful completion of this project is also expected to provide a valuable contribution to industry by providing guidance to ensure compliance with ASME Performance Test Codes.

Contributing Partners

None

Research Products

Peer-reviewed report of findings and data for development of design and installation guidelines.

This information was last updated on November 21, 2014
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