Application of computational fluid dynamics to predict hydrodynamic downpull on high head gates

Köken M., Aydın İ., Şahin A.

ENGINEERING COMPUTATIONS, vol.34, pp.1191-1203, 2017 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1108/ec-04-2016-0137
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1191-1203


Purpose - High head gates are commonly used in hydropower plants for flow regulation and emergence closure. Hydrodynamic downpull can be a critical parameter in design of the lifting mechanism. The purpose of this paper is to show that a simplified two-dimensional (2D) computational fluid dynamics solution can be used in the prediction of the downpull force on the gate lip by comparison of computed results to experimentally measured data.