Horizontal vortex single chamber hydroturbine

Keywords: Renewable energy, vortex chamber, power, turbine design


A machine with high-form resistance was evaluated in order to extract energy from a creek, river or ocean stream, and generate electricity. Without appropriate instruments, research turned into qualitative. It was assumed that if it still worked, its behavior may improve softening its form. The device has a semi-convergent nozzle with flat walls, a cylindrical Vortex Chamber and a runner. It captures water through its largest section and downloads tangentially by its lower section into the Vortex Chamber. It has a hole in one of its sidewalls. This way, it forms a horizontal vortex that spins a rotor whose shaft drives an electric generator. The experimental work carried out showed that it is possible to generate electricity with this device despite the adverse conditions in which it was tested.

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Author Biographies

Sergio Antonio Zarate-Orrego, Universidad del Valle

Facultad de Ingeniería

Asistente de investigación grupo de investigación en Dinamica de Fluidos

Escuela de Ingeniería de los Recursos Naturales y del Medio Ambiente (EIDENAR)


Gerardo Andrés Torres-Casierra, Universidad del Valle

Facultad de Ingeniería

Asistente de investigación grupo de investigación en Dinamica de Fluidos

Escuela de Ingeniería de los Recursos Naturales y del Medio Ambiente (EIDENAR)

Efraín Baldemar del Risco-Moreno, Universidad del Valle

Facultad de Ingeniería

Profesor asociado de la Escuela de Recursos Naturales y del Ambiente EIDENAR.

Director Grupo de Investigación en Dinámica de Fluidos

Jefe del Laboratorio de Mecánica de Fluidos e Hidráulica


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How to Cite
Zarate-Orrego S. A., Torres-Casierra G. A., & del Risco-Moreno E. B. (2016). Horizontal vortex single chamber hydroturbine. Revista Facultad De Ingeniería Universidad De Antioquia, (79), 150-162. https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.redin.n79a14