The design of a hydroelectric plant, an installation of transformation of the potential energy of water into electricity, is an activity that is not standardized. Each new project is an interesting engineering challenge and teams need to work with the different conditions of each site integrated to design a functional, economical and environmentally sustainable project. The development of the project, here understood as the plant itself, the reservoir, the manoeuvre substation and the associated transmission line, is a multidisciplinary activity that encompasses areas of civil engineering, geology, mechanical and electrical engineering, environmental engineering, economic engineering, construction and assembly, as well as the engineering of operation and maintenance of civil works and electromechanical equipment. The book is organized in order to facilitate the performance of the professional life of the new generations of engineers who will join the Electric Sector, or in other sectors that demand the knowledge regarding the hydraulic structures. The book is a simple manual containing the practical step-by-step for designing hydroelectric plants, including legislation, with a general view of the project.
Table of Contents
1. Hydroelectric powerplants; 2. Planning hydropower generation; 3. Types of power plants and layouts; 4. Hydrological studies; 5. Power output; 6. Geological and geotechnical studies; 7. Dams; 8. Spillways; 9. Hydraulic conveyance design; 10. Mechanical equipment; 11. Electrical equipment. Operation – maintenance; 12. Construction planning; 13. Risks and management of patrimony; 14. References
Geraldo Magela Pereira (Civil Engineering, University of Brasilia, 1974; MSc Civil Defense, Fluminense Federal University, Niteroi, 2016) is hydraulic & geotechnical engineer, and served as coordinator of several hydropower projects. Covering hydropower plant lay-outs, construction planning, project management in all stages of studies and projects, inventory and feasibility studies, basic and executive designs, including hydraulic studies on models. In the last twenty years he worked in commercial areas developing offers for EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) of power plants.
He is author of three books in Portuguese: Power Plant Design – step by step, 2015; Design of Spillways – step by step, 2017; Accidents and Dam Breaks, 2018.