Turbine Governor Principles

14.06.2018 Carole Rosenlund

Waterway Dynamics and Governing of Hydropower Plants

Part 1 | Date: 3rd September – 14th October 2018 | Link: elearning.ich.no

Part 2 | Workshop: Workshop at KGRTC, Zambia | Week 43 | Date: 22nd – 26th October 2018 | Application deadline: 6th August 2018 | Registration fee: USD$ 1000 | Fees include course materials, accommodation and meals


A web-based preparatory tool to advance and harmonise the skills of the participants.
• 6 modules (over 6 weeks)
• 1 module per week (4–6 hrs. workload per week)
• Assignments, tests and discussion forums (obligatory)

A physical 5-days workshop with participants upon completion of part 1 (web-based) of the course.
• With a skilled instructor
• Demonstration of testing equipment and methods
• Practical exercises

Condition evaluation is necessary to reduce the risk of failure

Technical staff, Management and those engaged in planning, implementation and follow-up on maintenance activities in existing power plants.

This course will give an understanding of regulation or governing of the hydro units and cover:
• The elementary principles of regulation.
• The relationship between the dynamics of the waterway(s) and the rotational inertia of the unit.
• The requirements for stability of the hydro-electric plants.
• The development from a simple mechanical-hydraulic governor to today’s electronic-hydraulic governors.
• The different oil-hydraulic systems for the governor and its function explained.
• Today’s modern technology.

All relevant turbine governor components are described in detail with the actual types of damages and their causes.

The coursework also includes descriptions of measuring methods and measuring programmes.

These turbine governor components are described in separate chapters, and each chapter gives a detailed explanation of the:
• Components
• Types of damages
• Measuring methods
• Measurement programme

Scheduling, planning and tracking of Operation and Maintenance work can significantly improve efficiency of O & M and production capacity.

All relevant turbine governor measuring methods are included:
• Visual inspection
• Resynchronization tests
• Load rejection tests
• Regulation tests
• Testing of over speed sensor
• Functional testing of electronics

Specifics for the Online Course & Workshop in Zambia

Joining the course presents an opportunity to learn about maintenance planning for the short and long term thus being able to take necessary actions in due time which can significantly improve efficiency of O&M and production capacity.

The course should facilitate participants with the capacity to identify performance indicators that support the maintenance decision-making process, thus develop solid internal condition assessment tools so as to gain consistency within their Power plants.

Participants are encouraged to bring along information about turbine maintenance issues of your interest that can be shared with colleagues.

• A relevant background in hydropower engineering or its equivalent
• Proficiency in English is necessary
• Basic computer skills and internet access

Only online electronic applications will be processed. The application form can be accessed at the ICH website – www.ich.no

Please ensure your application is received no later than the given deadline – 6th August 2018 Notice of admission will be given shortly after the application closing date.

Information on travels for the workshop in Zambia, a detailed course programme and other relevant information will be sent to all selected participants in due course.

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