MODELICA - Hydro Power Library

Enables the development and verification of new hydro power plant designs including the design and virtual testing of new control strategies. The library offers a complete environment for the efficient testing and tuning of plant controllers in order to attain optimal performance.

Realistic Simulation

The Modelica based Hydro Power Plant Library can be used to accelerate many of the engineering tasks associated with hydro power plant design, analysis and commissioning, including waterway dynamics and the impact of multiple turbines connected to a common penstock. Detailed planning of operator commissioning tests and procedures can be defined, thereby reducing the risk of unexpected events and minimizing costly tests done on the actual physical plant.

Key Features

  • Ideal environment for the design of hydro electric power plant control systems
  • High flexibility with easy customization of models and experiments
  • Easy integration of hydraulic and electrical components into the overall systems model
  • Linearized models for control design can be easily generated
  • Estimation of possible/necessary start and stop rate of the guide vanes

Typical Applications

  • Estimation and understanding of waterway dynamics and the impact of multiple turbines connected to a common penstock
  • Planning of commissioning tests and procedures can be set-up using library models, thereby reducing the risk of unexpected events and minimizing costrly tests done on the actual plant
  • Analysis of extreme working conditions of the plant such as load rejection
  • Tuning of controller parameters and testing new control strategies
  • Identification of objectives for the water level control, taking into account the influence of other hydro power plants connected upstream
  • Advanced analysis and prediction of affects when several hydro power plants are connected in cascade.

Integrate Multiple Engineering Disciplines

The Hydro Power Library is part of the powerful CATIA Systems Engineering solution. The library can be used with both Dymola and CATIA V6 Dynamic Behavior Modeling, either on its own or with other Modelica Libraries, to model and simulate complex systems that can span multiple engineering disciplines.

Benefits

  • Minimizing costly tests done on the actual hydro power plant
  • Reduced risk of unexpected events since the planning of commissioning tests and procedures can be defined and simulated in advance
  • Fast, robust cross-discipline simulation of hydro electric power plants
  • Can be used in conjunction with the Modelica Electric Power Library to simulate power generation and distribution.