Development of a Francis Turbine Test Rig at Kathmandu University - Utvikling av en Francisturbin testrigg ved Kathmandu University
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Even though Nepal is situated between two of the fastest growing economies in the world, India and China, they still lag behind. With the worldwide change towards renewable energy, growing power demand and the vast hydropower potential in Nepal, the country possess an opportunity that can help the them thrive forward. That is why Kathmandu University developed the Turbine Testing Laboratory with support from Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Norad, among others. The laboratory is up and running, but still lack a lot of equipment to follow the IEC 60193  standard. The first objective of this thesis was to analyze the laboratories at NTNU and KU, in addition to examine the procedures of model testing on Francis turbines in accordance to IEC 60193 . Considerable time has especially been used to understand the sensor and acquisition system at NTNU to further recommend a similar set-up for the laboratory at KU. The main objective of the thesis was to make a full scale logging program in LabVIEW for the Francis test rig at KU. To carry out this task, the program used at NTNU was tested and analyzed first. Since staff and students at KU may reprogram the logging program in the future, much effort has been made to make the program easy to understand, yet have advanced functions. A user manual has been made for the new logging program and programming procedures are described thoroughly in the report.