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The Micro-hydro Pelton Turbine Manual: Design, Manufacture and Installation for Small-scale Hydro-power Paperback – 1 Jan 2000

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: ITDG Publishing (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853394602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853394607
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 1.3 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 949,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeremy Thake, a mechanical design engineer, has worked for a technology organization, DCS, in Nepal for six years in micro-hydro systems. He currently works for a renewable energy consultancy, IT Power.


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This is the best book on the design, manufacture and operation of small Pelton wheel hydro systems currently available. Written by a practical engineer with extensive experience of small hydro systems, it is aimed at readers with some technical/engineering background who nevertheless have no special knowledge of hydro systems and need detailed information. It goes far beyond the elementary treatment found in most standard hydraulics or fluid-mechanics textbooks.

It first deals with the history of hydro power, and reviews various types of small hydro system. Pelton turbine selection is considered next, covering (with several worked examples) the choice of both single and multi-nozzle, vertical- and horizontal-axis options. The basic and improved 3-dimensional flow theories needed for estimating losses and designing nozzles, spear-valves, Pelton wheel buckets and runners, the casing and tail-race are then all presented, using formulae derived the appendices. The main (55 page) section on design then follows, giving optimised recommendations for the bucket profile and its attachment to the runner, as well as comprehensive data and practical recommendations on materials and manufacturing methods. Detailed mechanical and structural design guidelines are also provided, covering mechanical loading, strength calculations, welding, joints, shafts, bearings, seals, generators and load-control systems. There follows a section dealing with practical manufacture, aimed particularly at those with limited facilities (the author's experience was mainly in developing countries with only basic resources). He discusses casting and welding techniques, bolted, welded or one-piece runners, balancing, shaft-runner hub joints (including Ringspann-type locking assemblies), housings and bearing assemblies.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 9 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to build your Pelton Turbine simplified 21 Aug. 2008
By Marcelo Cabello - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is written for the engineer or technician who is trying to set up a hydrogeneration plant using the Pelton Turbine design. shows how to build from scratch, gives parametric drawings that cover all major components and gives you the data that is requiered to size your turbine correctly with the availiable water and fall.
For the person that only wants to get a general overview of a Pelton turbine instalation, they can skip the tech part and still get and excellent apraisal of their situation and potential, even if they want only to know how to order the equipment from a manufacturer, it will show what to look for and the alternatives that you can search for.
Excellent buy for anyone looking to install a Pelton Turbine
5.0 out of 5 stars Very practical book 7 May 2015
By Court - Published on Amazon.com
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This us probably the most practical book on a technical subject I have ever read. It has the engineering data to make the calculations if desired, but also provides fairly optimized designs for examples too. It goes thru the whole process of design, construction and installation of an impulse turbine generator and the equipment to operate it, like the nozzles and speed regulators.
It is titled micro, but much of the book is about what I would consider medium sized installations (maybe they are not in industry). It does not disregard tiny sub-1KW turbines though (what I call micro). The information applies universally for the most part.

If you are looking to build or install an impulse turbine, this is a must have reference.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read - but not sure who the audience is 25 May 2010
By Jennifer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is wonderful information - and well put together. There's just two things that hold me back from giving it four stars. It's presented with how to info - the trouble is 1. no one But someone already in the field will have access to the equipment to use this book(so we would hope they already know). 2. You need basic engineering knowledge to understand it. It would probably be a great textbook... so it would seem that's where this book should be marketed. If you're interested in hydro-power for your own home you'll want something less technical and hands on and more about the various different types of micro-hydro out there. Great book - great info - just don't know what the market should be - if you don't have access to a plant that builds these the info here will be like reading how to's for knee replacement surgery - even if you read it you won't be performing it unless you're a doctor. Consider it a textbook - then decide if you want to buy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pelton Turbine Manual 17 Dec. 2009
By Conrad Wood - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent discussions, tips, formulas, and suggestions for anybody considering a micro-hydro project. Specifically written for pelton turbine construction, but a "must have" on the bookshelf for general information and applications.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Book For Anyone Working With Pelton Turbines 1 Mar. 2014
By Eric Redmond - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is Awesome. With it you can design and build your own Pelton Turbine. You can basically use the book to create sketches, and send them in for quotes from foundries and fab shops. I think every turbine manufacturer wishes this book didnt exist.

I am an engineer who builds small hydro power projects for a living (typically in the 5 MW size range) and this book still even helps for that size (eg trying to convince a client to buy a 5 nozzle turbine instead of six, etc)

If you want to build any project using anything larger than those tiny micro turbine for sale (eg the water baby or harris turbine Co), you need this book.
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