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[en] The equations of the three dimensional motion of a marine riser undergoing large elastic deformations are formulated using Kane's formalism. The riser is modeled using lumped masses connected by extensional and rotational springs including structural damping. Surface waves are described by Stokes? second-order wave theory. Fluid-structure coupling is achieved by application of the hydrodynamic loads via Morison's equation and added-mass coefficients using the instantaneous relative velocities and accelerations between the fluid field and the riser segments. In the same way, a model for incorporating the effects of vortex-induced lift forces is included. The effect of internal flow is included in the model. The detailed algorithm is presented and the equations are solved using a robust implementation of the Runge-Kutta method provided in MATLAB. The mathematical model and associated algorithm are validated by comparing the steady-state equilibrium configuration of the riser with special cases of an elastic catenary mooring line and large deflection statics of a cantilever beam. The results of sample simulations are presented
[en] Ontario Hydro has developed an inspection and maintenance strategy that requires periodic inspections of their ageing penstocks. The utility has 149 operating penstocks distributed throughout the province. Ontario Hydro experienced problems ranging from minor deterioration to major failures requiring immediate and costly shut-down of entire stations. Three levels of the inspection and maintenance strategy are described. These are a routine external inspections, periodic internal and external inspections, and detailed inspection and assessment. Detailed inspection requires full access to all areas of the penstock, inside and outside, with detailed testing and analysis. Rope access techniques have been used successfully and cost effectively to gain access for close up observation and tactile contact allowing for evaluation and testing. Minor, quick repairs can also be carried out. It was noted that specially designed platforms will still be needed when extensive repairs and maintenance is required. 2 refs., 1 tab., 3 figs
[en] This patent describes downhole adjustable apparatus for creating a bend angle in order to affect the inclination of a drilled borehole. It comprises an upper tubular member having an upper portion and a lower portion; lower tubular member having an upper portion and a lower portion; one of the portions being received within the other for relative rotational movement about an axis that is inclined with respect to the the longitudinal axes of the members, whereby in a first rotational position the longitudinal axes have one geometrical relationship, and in a second rotational position the longitudinal axes have a second, different geometrical relationship
[en] In the EERA-DTOC Project an integrated and validated software design tool for the optimization of offshore wind farms and wind farm clusters has been developed. The CIEMAT contribution to this project has change the view on mesoscale wind forecasting models, which were not so far considered capable of modeling wind farm scale phenomena. It has been shown the ability of the WRF model to simulate the wakes caused by the wind turbines on the downwind ones (inter-turbine wakes within a wind farm) as well as the wakes between wind farms within a cluster. (Author)
[en] One of the criteria for using the pressure-time method is that there is a straight pipe between the measurement cross sections. If the physical influences from a bend were known the method could be expanded for use over bends and hence on more power plants. At the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) a test rig suited for experiments on the pressure-time method has been built. In addition to earlier experiments performed on straight pipe and double 90 degree bend, experiments on double 45 degree bend has been performed. This is done in order to try to find out if there is a clear relationship between bend geometry and its influence on the pressure time curve. To further develop the knowledge a full scale test in the field has been conducted on a 5 MW 58 meter head machine with a vertical penstock and a 90 degree bend. In the laboratory a double 90 degree bend caused an underestimation of the flow of about 1 % compared to a straight pipe, while for a double 45 degree bend a conclusion can not be found as the spread around the mean and uncertainty bands is within the range for the straight pipe. The field measurements with a 90 degree bend showed that the underestimation became 8.5%. When measuring pressure difference over bends the resulting calculation will give an underestimation of the flow. This should imply that the measured transient pressure is damped. (Regardless if this is the correct term it is here chosen to call this damping.) The question is if the damping is caused by friction or kinetic effects. The rapid deceleration of the water masses will give transient friction. How transient friction behaves is a topic of interest in hydraulic research. Bends will also cause skewed velocity and pressure profile on inlet and outlet of the bend as well as secondary flows. How this affects the transient pressure is also an interesting parameter.