Development of the Turgo Impulse turbine:past and present

Benzon, Shaun and Aggidis, George Athanasios and Anagnostopoulos, J. S. (2016) Development of the Turgo Impulse turbine:past and present. Applied Energy, 166. pp. 1-18. ISSN 0306-2619

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The Turgo Impulse turbine provides a unique and novel solution to increasing the capacity of a hydraulic impulse turbine while maintaining the nozzle and spear injector system (as used in Pelton turbines) for flow regulation. This has produced a turbine which operates in the higher flow ranges usually reserved for Francis machines while maintaining a relatively flat efficiency curve, characteristic of impulse machines. Since its invention nearly 100 years ago, the Turgo turbine has been installed in thousands of locations across the globe. The majority of the development of the Turgo turbine design has been through the use of paper based and experimental studies however recent advances in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools have allowed the simulation of the complex, highly turbulent, multiphase flows associated with impulse turbines and some work has been done in applying this to the Turgo design. This review looks at the development of the of the Turgo turbine since its invention in 1919 and includes the paper-based analyses, experimental studies and the more recent CFD analyses carried out on the design.

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Applied Energy
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Applied Energy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Applied Energy, 166, 2016 DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.12.091
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