CIVIL-469 / 4 crédits

Enseignant(s): De Almeida Manso Pedro Filipe, De Cesare Giovanni

Langue: Anglais


Summary

The course deals with the conception and design of hydraulic structures used for production and/or storage of electric energy, including those of pumped storage. We present and discuss their technical, socio-economical and environmental feasability in the Swiss/European/Global energy transition.

Content

Keywords

Hydropower plants and batteries; hydropower potential, renewable energy, hydraulic tunnels & shafts, surge tanks, river diversion during construction, water intakes.

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Fluid Mechanics
Hydrology
Hydraulics Works & Schemes
Strength of Materials

 


Recommended courses

Rock Mechanics
Concrete Structures & Steel Structures

Important concepts to start the course

Basic fluid mechanics such as hydrostatics, free surface flows and pressurized flows
Basic principles of hydrology such as rainfall-runoff processes
Basic principles of hydraulics such as weir design, hydraulic jump, energy losses
Basic strength of materials such as stresses, displacements, stiffness
Economic optimisation principles such as cost and revenue estimate and analysis 

 

 

 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Assess / Evaluate different types of hydropower schemes
  • Assess / Evaluate the hydropower potential in a given territory with and without storage
  • Design the main components of hydropower schemes
  • Optimize the layout and design of the main components of hydropower schemes

Transversal skills

  • Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.
  • Take responsibility for environmental impacts of her/ his actions and decisions.
  • Respect relevant legal guidelines and ethical codes for the profession.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for creativity.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking
  • Write a scientific or technical report.

Teaching methods

Ex cathedra, exercices, case studies.

 

Expected student activities

Handover of min 4 exercices, active contributions to ex-cathedra courses

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment during the semester.

Handover of min. 4 exercices : 50 %

Mid-term test and final written test during exam session : 25% + 25%.

 

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes
Others To be confirmed during first week of semester (e.g. field visit)

Resources

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

Yes

Bibliography

TGC 15 "Constructions Hydrauliques" de W. Hager et A. Schleiss, PPUR, 2009

 

 

Ressources en bibliothèque

Notes/Handbook

Hydropower plants and pumped-storage, Dr. G. De Cesare & Dr. P. Manso [In English, forthcoming]

Aménagements hydroélectriques, Dr. G. De Cesare & Dr. P. Manso, 2020 [In French]

Prerequisite for

Master thesis in Hydraulic Structures, Renewable Energies, Tunnel Engineering, Dam Engineering

Dans les plans d'études

  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Hydropower schemes and pumped-storage
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Hydropower schemes and pumped-storage
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Hydropower schemes and pumped-storage
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Hydropower schemes and pumped-storage
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines

Semaine de référence

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