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Waterwheel fin design and its efficiency for a diversion-based hydropower system in Malaysian rivers


Hazmin, Mohd Haniff and Mustapha, Faizal and Mohd Ariffin, Mohd Khairol Anuar and Abdul Halin, Izhal (2016) Waterwheel fin design and its efficiency for a diversion-based hydropower system in Malaysian rivers. In: 13th Universiti Malaysia Terengganu International Annual Symposium on Sustainability Science and Management (UMTAS 2016), 13-15 Dec. 2016, Primula Beach Hotel, Kuala Terengganu. (pp. 342-348).


Hydropower has been utilized for decades in Malaysia, and has been known to be very reliable and a consistent source of green energy. There are several methods to generate hydropower, and this paper will touch on waterwheel driven diversion-based hydropower system. Waterwheel is a popular medium to convert the potential energy in river flows to kinetic energy. Many types of waterwheel designs had been developed over the years for a variety of purposes. This paper will discuss on the correlation between the types of waterwheel and its efficiency. Several designs of waterwheel is created with similar general parameters using computer aided drawing. The models are then analysed using a software for fluid analysis to see how the designs react under a certain condition. The result is translated and rearranged to compare of the efficiency of each design. From this research, the result can be used on future work involving hydropower systems using waterwheel as a driver for the generator. This research draws upon primarily on what design aspects will affect on the efficiency of the waterwheel itself and explore the limits of how much changes on the design parameters can be made until the efficiency reaches stagnancy. The conditions used in this research is created to be similar to that of the average condition in rivers in Malaysia.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Publisher: Penerbit Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
Keywords: Hydropower; Waterwheel; Alternative energy; Green energy; Malaysia
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2017 07:48
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2017 07:48
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/51321
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