One day International Symposium Concluded at KU

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   Current Research in Hydraulic Turbines, CRHT-II

    International Symposium, Organized by

         Turbine Testing Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering,

Kathmandu University

Turbine Testing Lab has organized an International Symposium on “Current Research in Hydraulic Turbines, CRHT-II” on the occasion of its first anniversary. This symposium was the continuation of the first Symposium organized on 23 March 2010.

The scope of Symposium was focused at PhD and Masters Students thesis works related to Hydro turbines. However, R&D activities related to hydro power in general have also been covered. The main objective of this symposium was to bring young researchers working in hydropower sector to a common platform to share their research experiences and also develop networking for future endeavors.


Date: 19 March 2013, Tuesday

Venue: C.V. Raman Auditorium, KU, Dhulikhel, 

Time: 9:00 am onwards

Presenters’ Information:

NorwayNorwegian University of Science and   Technology, NorwayPhD1
NepalKathmandu University, NepalPhD2
SwedenRoyal Institute of Technology, SwedenMasters1
United KingdomUniversity of LEEDSResearcher at PEEDA1

Activity Summary:

A one day international Symposium on “Current Research in Hydraulic Turbines, CRHT-II” organized by Turbine Testing Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering on 19th March 2013, on the occasion of its first anniversary, was accomplished efficaciously with huge applaud from all the participants and presenters. The program started at 9:30 am with the welcome speech by Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa, Dean of School of Engineering, Kathmandu University. Prof. Thapa talked about challenges faced during the planning and construction period of the lab and also assured to implement the outputs of research into business in coming years. He welcomed all the participants and presenters from different universities with deep gratitude.

After the brief inauguration session, the first round of presentation session was instigated. The presentation session was attention-grabbing and remarkable with diverse group of presenters present in the symposium. A total of 25 presentations were made of which 13 presentations were made by the students from Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology, 10 presentations were made by students from Kathmandu University, 1 presentation was by Master level student, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and 1 presentation was by researcher at PEEDA.

At the end of the session I the Chairman summarized all the presentations. And a brief question and answer session was followed, in which the audience came up with very interesting questions and made the information sharing more effective.

The third and last session was chaired by Dr. Bibek Baral, Associate Professor, Kathmandu University. His area of research is renewable energy particularly in Bio- Energy. And this session started with another PhD candidate at KU, Mr. Krishna Prasad Shrestha on the topic “Design of Francis Turbine Runner against Sediment Erosion”.

A short closing program was organized after the completion of session III. Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering delivered his closing remarks with his expectations that the objectives were achieved and message from this symposium will be taken back to home country by international participants. Dr. Hari Neopane summarized the major issues discussed during the symposium on behalf of session chairmen. He also thanked all the participants for delivering good presentations in limited time.

After the completion of the seminar, the students from NTNU and major participants were taken for a short tour of university departments and laboratories.

     Current Research in Hydraulic Turbines, CRHT-II

       One day International Symposium organized by Turbine Testing Lab, Kathmandu University

     Venue: C.V. Raman Auditorium, KU, Dhulikhel

Program Schedule                                                                                                                             Date: 19 March 2013

19:00 9:25Registration   and Tea/Snacks
29:3010:00Inauguration   Program9:30   Welcome speech by Dean, SOE9:40   Program overview and Recent activities at   TTL by Biraj Singh Thapa9:50     Inaugural Speech by Vice-Chancellor, KU
310:00   12:00Session I                       Chair Person: Dr.   Hari Prasad Neopane             Venue:   C.V. Raman Auditorium
S.N.PresenterTitle of   PresentationOrganization
1Peter   Joachim GogstadPressure   pulsations in Francis turbinesNTNU   PhD Candidate
2Juben   BhaukajeeHydropower   development in Nepal: Issues, policies and institutional aspectENPE-   Master’s Student
3Sverre   Stefanussen FoslieDesign   of centrifugal pump for produced waterNTNU   ME Student
4Subash   PantaSoftware   Development for Segregation of Turbine DataKU   BE student
5Even   Lillefoss HaugenVerification   of simulation program for high head hydro power plant with air cussionNTNU   ME Student
6Ram   Hari Khatri KCDesign   of Cross Flow Turbine Test RigKU   BE student
7Ingeborg   Lassen Bue &Julie   Marie HovlandPressure   pulsations and stress in a high head turbine – comparison between model and   geometrically similar prototypeNTNU   ME Student
8Jone   Rivrud RyggPelton   turbineNTNU   ME Student
9Chris   O’RourkeLow   head Pico turbine Design and DevelopmentResearcher for PEEDA
10Sailesh ChitrakarImplementation of FSI in engineering applicationsKTH   ME Student
412:00 12:50Lunch Break
51:00 2:15Session   II                            Chair Person: Mr. Brijesh   Adhikary                 Venue: C.V.   Raman Auditorium
S.N.PresenterTitle of   PresentationOrganization
1Laxman   PoudelStudy   on sediment characterization & its impact on hydraulic Turbine MaterialKU   PhD Candidate
2Kjartan   FurnesFlow   in Pelton turbinesNTNU ME Student
3Milan   PoudelProspects   Of Utilization Of Pump Turbine In   Nepalese Hydropower ProjectKU   BE student
4Mons   Ole Dyvik SellevoldDamping   of U-tube oscillations in hydro power plantsNTNU   ME Student
5Bidhan   RajkarnikarStudy   of Sediment Erosion in Francis Turbine Runner at Laboratory ConditionsENPE-   Master’s Graduate
6Kristin   Tessem KolsakerEvaluation   of modulated cavitation in hydro turbinesNTNU ME Student
7Ravi   KoiralaPerformance   Test of Francis Turbine to estimate the effect of sediment erosionKU   BE student
8Johanne   SeierstadDesign   of a Francis turbine test rigNTNU   ME Student
62:15 2:30Tea Break
72:30 3:30Session   III                           Chair   Person: Dr. Bivek Baral                          Venue: C.V. Raman Auditorium
1Krishna P. ShresthaDesign of Francis turbine runner against sand erosionKU   PhD Candidate
2Sigrid Marie SkodjeReal time modeling of flow systemsNTNU   ME Student
3Gaurab NakarmiDeveloping Testing Procedure and Data Analysis System of a   Simplified Francis Turbine Test RigKU   BE student
4Tage Morken AugustsonHow a skewed velocity profile at turbine inlet influence the   efficiencyNTNU   ME Student
5Amod PanthiFatigue failure in Pelton runnerKU MS Student
6Oystein Sveinsgjerd HveemGoverning systemsNTNU   ME Student
83:304:00Closing ProgramRemarks   from Session Chairs by Hari P. NeopaneRemarks   from HoD, Mechanical Engineering   DepartmentClosing   Speech by Registrar

MC: Miss Rojina Bade; Miss Sneha Sefalika

Symposium Coordinator: 

Biraj Singh Thapa, Asst. Professor and Faculty In-Charge, Turbine Testing Lab