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International Symposium on CRHT-IV held at KU

15 April 2014


Turbine Testing Lab, Kathmandu University organized One Day International Symposium on Current Research in Hydraulic Turbines – IV on April 7, 2014 at C.V. Raman Auditorium. The scope of Symposium focused on the thesis works by students and researchers related to Hydro turbines and covered R&D activities ongoing in this field. The symposium was a continuation of previous symposium CRHT-III. The main objective of the symposium was to bring young researchers working in hydropower sector to a common platform to share their research experiences and develop networking for future endeavors.

The program was divided into three series sessions with 23 Oral Presentations and 13 Poster Presentations. The event was formally inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa, Registrar, Kathmandu University. The chairperson for the sessions were Dr. Hari Prasad Neopane, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Brijesh Adhikary, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Electrical and Electronics, Prof. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Maskey, Associate Dean, School of Engineering. The participants for the oral presentations were from NTNU; Norway, KU and KMU; South Korea where as the undergraduate students from Mechanical Engineering department presented their related project activity as a part of poster presentation. 


Program

 

Date      : 7th April 2014, Monday

 

Time      : 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

 

Venue    : CV Raman Auditorium, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Nepal

 

Presenters’ Information Summary

 

Country

University

Level

Number

Korea

Korea Maritime University (KMU)

Masters

2

Nepal

Kathmandu University (KU)

Bachelors

1

Masters

5

Research

1

Norway

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Masters

14

 

Activity Summary

 

A one day international Symposium on “Current Research in Hydraulic Turbines, CRHT-IV” organized by Turbine Testing Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering on 7th April 2014 was accomplished efficaciously with huge applaud from all the participants and presenters at CV Raman Auditorium, Kathmandu University. The program was divided into three series sessions with 23 Oral Presentations and 13 Poster Presentations.

 

The event started at 9:30 am with formal inauguration by Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa, Registrar, Kathmandu University followed by the welcome speech by Dr. Hari Prasad Neopane, HOD, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kathmandu University. Dr. Neopane welcomed all the presenters and guests in the symposium and highlighted the significance of such program. The welcome speech was followed by program overview Mr. Sailesh Chitrakar, Research Fellow at TTL. He highlighted the facts and features of Turbine Testing Lab and talked about the recent activities, achievements and future plans of the lab. Prof. Bhola Thapa gave an inaugural speech in the program wishing success of the symposium. He also welcomed all the participants and the presenters from different universities with deep gratitude.

 

After the brief inauguration session, the presentation session was started. A total of 23 presentations were made of which 14 presentations were made by the students from Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology (NTNU), 7 presentations were made by students from Kathmandu University (KU) and 2 presentations were by Masters Student from Korea Maritime University (KMU).

 

The first session of presentations was chaired by Dr. Hari Prasad Neopane, an expert in Hydraulic Turbine Design and sediment erosion. The session consisted of eight presentations. Presenter Amod Panthi, MS by Research student, Kathmandu University started the session with his presentation on the topic “CFD analysis of Pelton runner”. Giert Aaberque Dahl, master’s student from NTNU, spoke about the sediment erosion in hydraulic machinery discussing the problem caused by sediment erosion in guide vanes. The speech was followed by presentation from Inger Johanne Rasmussen and Ida Bordi Stene from NTNU. They put their idea regarding the design of Francis and Pelton rig at TTL.  Nirmal Acharya, master’s student from KMU, spoke about the cross flow turbines in his topic “Numerical & Experimental Analysis of a Cross- flow Turbine with its Performance Enhancement by CFD code”. Similarly, Niroj Maharjan, researcher at TTL, discussed about the potential use of reversible pump turbine in Nepal in his presentation followed by Ruben Moritz’s presentation on Transient CFD analysis of a high head Francis turbine. The final speaker for the session was Anup K.C., Lecturer from Department of Mechanical Engineering, KU, who presented a part of his masters’ thesis work at KMU on the topic “Performance analysis of 70 kW Francis turbine by CFD”.  A brief question and answer session was conducted at the end of the session in which the audience came up with very interesting questions and made the information sharing more effective.

 

Session II started after the lunch break and was chaired by Mr. Brijesh Adhikary, HOD of Electrical Engineering Department, Kathmandu University who has a lot of experience in a mini grid design projects. The session started with the presentation of master’s student at NTNU, Magni Svarstad, on the topic “Four quadrant characteristic of a pump turbine. Second session also consisted of ENPE master’s student Supriya Koirala’s presentation on Flow analysis of different Pelton bucket section using PIV technique. Other presentations included “Transient LDA in the draft tube of a high head Francis turbine” by Carl Bergan, NTNU, “CFD simulation and verification with respect to head curves and NPSHr” by Kristoffer Vegdal Tabutiaux, NTNU, “Stability criteria of Centrifugal Pump Turbines” by Rakel Ellignsen, NTNU, “Seasonal imbalance in electricity supply and variation in design flow of hydropower projects” by Juben Bhaukajee, KU and “Design of Francis turbine components from maintenance perspective in sediment laden condition” by Balendra Chhetri, KU. 

 

The third and last session was chaired by Prof. Ramesh Kumar Maskey, Associate Dean (Academic) of School of Engineering, Kathmandu University. He is an esteemed expert in the area of hydropower and microhydro. The session consisted of 8 presentations from KU and NTNU. The last presenter of the day was Martine Wessel and she discussed about design of Pelton test rig. At the end of the session III, Chairperson Prof. Maskey summarized the session and coordinated the question answer session.

 

A short closing program was organized after the completion of session III. Dr. Hari P. Neopane summarized the major issues discussed during the symposium on behalf of session chairs. He also thanked all the participants for delivering good presentations in limited time. Prof. Bim Prasad Shreshta, Associate Dean (Research) of School of Engineering, KU delivered his closing remarks in the program.

 

After the completion of the symposium, the students from NTNU and major participants were taken for a short tour of the lab and the university.

 

Program Schedule and Details

 

S.N.

Time

Program

1

9:00 9:25

Registration and Tea / Snacks

2

9:30 10:00

Inauguration Program

9:30 Welcome speech and program overview by Dr. Hari Prasad Neopane, HOD, Mechanical

9:40 Recent activities at TTL by Sailesh Chitrakar

9:50 Inaugural Speech by Registrar

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:00 11:10

Session I                                               Chair Person: Dr. Hari Prasad Neopane

S.N.

Presenter

Title

Organization

1

Amod Panthee

CFD analysis of Pelton runner

KU

2

Giert Aaberque Dahl

Sediment erosion in hydraulic machinery

NTNU

3

Inger Johanne Rasmussen

Design of a Francis model test rig at KU

NTNU

4

Ida Bordi Stene

Design of a Pelton Model Test rig

NTNU

5

Nirmal Acharya

Numerical & Experimental Analysis of a Cross- flow Turbine with its Performance Enhancement by CFD code

KMU

6

Niroj Maharjan

Prospect of utilization of RPT in Nepalese hydropower

KU

7

Ruben Moritz

Transient CFD-analysis of a high head Francis turbine

NTNU

8

Anup KC

Performance analysis of 70 kW Francis turbine by CFD

KMU

11:10 11:25

Question answer session for Session I

4

11:25 12:10

Lunch Break

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

12:10 13:15

Session II                                                    Chair Person: Mr. Brijesh Adhikary

S.N.

Presenter

Title

Organization

1

Magni Svarstad

Four quadrant characteristic of a pump turbine

NTNU

2

Supriya Koirala

Flow analysis of different Pelton bucket section using PIV technique

KU

3

Carl Bergan

Transient LDA in the draft tube of a high head Francis turbine

NTNU

4

Kristoffer Vegdal Tabutiaux

CFD simulation and verification with respect to head curves and NPSHr

NTNU

5

Rakel Ellignsen

Stability criteria of Centrifugal Pump Turbines

NTNU

6

Juben Bhaukajee

Seasonal imbalance in electricity supply and variation in design flow of hydropower projects

KU

 

7

Balendra Chhetri

Design of Francis turbine components from maintenance perspective in sediment laden condition

KU

13:15 13:30

Question answer session for Session II

6

13:30-13:45

Tea Break

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

13:50 15:10

Session III                                           Chair Person: Dr. Ramesh Kumar Maskey

S.N.

Presenter

Title

Organization

1

Truls Edvardsen Aarønes

Prestudy of tension measurements on a Francis runner

NTNU

2

Anil Kumar Bastola

Mineral analysis of sediments and Erosion potential in Rotating disc apparatus

KU

3

Sigurd Tangerud Haga

Dynamic load on High head Francis turbines during start and stop procedures

NTNU

4

Oblique Shrestha

Numerical Investigation of Sediment erosion in Cross - Flow turbine

KU

5

Kristoffer Rundhaug

The use of rapid prototyping in production of model turbine to be used in laboratory

NTNU

6

Kjatil Guddal Ruud

Continuous measurements for detection of cavitation caused by transients in hydropower plants and fluid transport systems

NTNU

7

Kristin Gjevik

Design of micro-hydropower plant at Marangu Hotel, Kilimanjaro

NTNU

8

Martine Wessel

Pelton turbine test rig

NTNU

15:10- 15:25

Question answer session for Session III

8

15:25 -16:00

Closing Program

Remarks  Session Chairs by Dr. Hari Prasad Neopane

Closing Speech by Dr. Bim Prasad Shrestha

 


Poster Presentations 

S.N

Project Title

Members

Year/Semester

1.

Heat Treatment Optimization Of 13Cr-4Ni Stainless Steel

Ram Hari Khatri KC

IV/II

Samir Tandukar

Dadi Ram Dahal

2.

Use of Rapid Prototyping machine for the Manufacture of Francis Turbine Components

Ravindra Chaudhary

III/II

Sandip Acharya

Keshav Acharya

Pratik Bhattrai

3.

Prospect of utilization of RPT in Nepalese Hydropower Project and design of Simplified Test Rig at TTL

Milan Poudel

IV/II

Nitish shrestha

Ashok Bista

4.

Robust Mathematical Modeling and Design of Francis Turbine Using Matlab

Abhishek Karki

Iv/II

Arpan Upadhyaya

Suman khatri

5.

Study of Ultra Low Head Turbine for Nepal

Pratik Koirala

III/II

Pradeep Parajuli

Nischal Pokhrel

Rejit Dulal

6.

Use of Particle Image Velocimetry(PIV)for Flow Visualization

Saroj Dangal

III/II

Rahul Adhikari

Keshab M.C.

7.

CFD Analysis of Pelton Turbine

Sanam Pudasaini

IV/II

Anuj Pathak

Bhoj. Bdr Chaudhary

8.

Experimental Study of Shrinkage Effect on Pelton Runner due to Welding Repair on Torque Generation

Abish Poudel

III/II

Bishal Acharya

Kailash Thapa

Praksh Giri

9.

Study and Design of Home Hydro System

Saroj Neupane

II/II

Laxman Bhatta

Abinath Thapa

Kush Kuikel

Rupan Giri

10.

Design of Pelton Test Rig in KU, TTL

Ramesh Chaudhary

IV/II

Anil k. Bastola

Nirajan  Pokhrel

11.

Flow Simulation and Strength Analysis of a Francis Runner of a Micro Hydro Project

Subash Panta

IV/II

Manish Lamsal

12.

Transient Simulation of 100 kW cross flow turbine at various opening angles

Suman Sapkota

IV/II

Ujwol Parajuli

Aabash K. Malik

13.

Design, computational analysis and fabrication of Tesla Turbine for its application

Raunak Jung Pandey

IV/II

Sujita Dhanju

Amit Paudel

 

 

                     

 

   

 

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