hydro rotor, a big one!

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craneplaneguy   10 kW

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hydro rotor, a big one!

Post by craneplaneguy » Apr 26 2017 8:11am

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Riding the canyon rim above the Snake River the other day, I noticed a lot of activity below on one of the hydro plants. When I rode up a bit later, I had timed it just right, to watch them load a 60,000 lb. turbine rotor using a 175 ton bridge crane onto a Mack truck and trailer combo. This was very exciting stuff for one who has his own hydro setup (connected to the same utilities grid), is in the crane business, and whose crane truck has a Mack chassis! The crew were very good about letting me watch and get pretty close, after I told them I was an enthusiast, it made an already good day even better.

st35326   100 W

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Re: hydro rotor, a big one!

Post by st35326 » Apr 26 2017 9:29am

Thats crazy how much it looks just like the exhaust turbine on a turbocharger. Whats the object to the right of the turbine?

craneplaneguy   10 kW

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Re: hydro rotor, a big one!

Post by craneplaneguy » Apr 26 2017 8:48pm

Not sure, another type of wheel/rotor??

Hanssing   100 mW

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Re: hydro rotor, a big one!

Post by Hanssing » Apr 26 2017 11:12pm

Left is a kaplan turbine.
Right is the rotor from a Francis-turbine.

Hillhater   100 GW

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Re: hydro rotor, a big one!

Post by Hillhater » Apr 27 2017 12:13am

??.. Impressive, but that rotor being loaded doesnt look to be big enough for 60,000 lb (25 T) ?
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Hillhater   100 GW

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Re: hydro rotor, a big one!

Post by Hillhater » May 01 2017 12:31am

..as the saying goes...
"Call that a rotor ?... This is a rotor".... :lol:
7m dia impeller , 146 tons . 205 MW, At the Jocasee hydro plant, South Carolina :shock:
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craneplaneguy   10 kW

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Re: hydro rotor, a big one!

Post by craneplaneguy » May 01 2017 10:29pm

HH: I agree it doesn't look like 60K, but the trucker and the guy running the crane both said so, and they had a lift plan and have lifted these very units before. BUT, the thing that convinced me was when he lowered it onto the aluminum trailer, that when empty has a pretty good up curve to it? It flattened it right out pretty much :shock:

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