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Generating renewable power from water hammer pressure surges.

Roberts, A., Thomas, B., Sewell, P. and Hoare, E., 2019. Generating renewable power from water hammer pressure surges. Renewable energy: An international journal, 134 (April), 1392-1399.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2018.09.006


This article presents a system that makes use of water hammer pressure surges, which occur when a fluid is subjected to a sudden change in momentum, to drive a piston-crank mechanism for power generation. Given that the magnitude of a water hammer is dependent upon the change in momentum experienced by the water, rather than the initial momentum itself, such a device may have applications operating as a pico scale hydropower device. The results of an experimental study are detailed, showing that a scale-model has a peak mechanical efficiency of 25.7 % and a mean efficiency of between 0.3 - 1.7 %. Potential applications for the technology, namely pico-scale hydropower generation and energy recovery from surge tanks, are also discussed. Keywords: Pico hydropower, Water hammer, Hydraulic ram pump, Hydraulic engine, Surge tank

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Pico hydropower; Water hammer; Hydraulic ram pump; Hydraulic engine; Surge tank; Renewable Energy; Hydropower
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:30975
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:17 Jul 2018 08:49
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:11


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