Graduate Research School Available Projects Pumped hydro optimisation in a tropical environment

Pumped hydro optimisation in a tropical environment

Title of Project

Pumped hydro optimisation in a tropical environment


Dr Greg Wheatley

College or Research Centre

College of Science & Engineering

Summary of Project

“The operation of a PS project requires understanding that the near continuous cycle duty on the equipment at varying loads will shorten the life of the equipment. More frequent maintenance outages for major rehabilitations are required than for base loaded equipment. Some of this is caused by thermal cycling, and some of this is caused by operation under less than ideal conditions with resulting increased fatigue loading. The use of adjustable speed generation can eliminate some of the fatigue in turbine components and some of the stress imposed by starting and stopping, because of reduced vibrations and smoother operation.” In addition, the difference in temperature or dissolved gas concentration can affect the equipment used. This project centres on the optimisation of pumped hydro installation in a tropical environment.

Key Words

Laboratory testing; prototype testing

Would suit an applicant who

has a sound academic background, research experience, an interest in mechanical engineering and strong experimental and computational skills.

Updated: 19 May 2020