Interaction with the hydraulic power generation

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Date: 24th  of May 2018
Location: Andritz Hydro, Vevey, Switzerland
Audience: staff from R&D, maintenance and management of Andritz Hydro Vevey

Andritz Hydro is a global supplier of electromechanical systems and services (“from water-to-wire“) for hydropower plants and one of the leaders in the world market for hydraulic power generation.

ANDRITZ HYDRO Vevey – a member of the CaFE project consortium – has hosted Mr Saad Jahangir (ESR 5 / TU Delft) and Mr Ebrahim Ghahramani (ESR 8 / Chalmers) for their 2-month secondment. ANDRITZ HYDRO Vevey’s business activities are mainly directed towards the rehabilitation of existing turbines on the international market. Consequently, the research conducted by the CaFE ESRs with regards to the cavitation phaenomenon arose the curiosity of the company’s staff. This motivated the CaFE ESRs to present their work to a very interested audience: the technology manager, the turbine team leader, researchers from the R & D and maintenance departments as well as laboratory engineers.

The ESRs explained how their research work is funded by introducing their audience to the Marie Curie ITN actions and its main objectives: Innovation, Internationality, Mobility and Collaboration. As the ESRs were addressing a mixed audience they first threw some light on the cavitation phaenomenon by using every day examples and various non-engineering applications and then they provided detailed information: a presentation of their own PhD thesis and of the joint experiments that they have carried out using the cavitation test rig of the company.

The presentation led to a meaningful interaction with the audience with lots of questions and comments about the research projects of the ESRs and the 2-month collaboration with Andritz.

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