FM63 – Propeller Turbine

 

FM63 – Propeller Turbine

A self contained, small-scale propeller turbine unit. This fixed blade, axial flow turbine may be considered as the prototype form of a propeller turbine, itself a forerunner of the Kaplan turbine.

Description

A self contained, small-scale propeller turbine unit. This fixed blade, axial flow turbine may be considered as the prototype form of a propeller turbine, itself a forerunner of the Kaplan turbine.

The FM63 consists of a framework base which houses a large water reservoir and a circulating pump.

A stainless steel top supports the turbine itself and a dynamometer assembly. The propeller itself is housed in a clear acrylic pipe to enable maximum visibility of the workings.

The unit incorporates a paddle wheel type flow meter and a pressure sensor to measure the inlet condition of the water.

The dynamometer module incorporates a magnetic type brake which applies load to the turbine. The level of braking is controlled directly from the software.

A load cell measures the braking force, hence the power and an optical sensor measures the rotational speed of the turbine.

Technical Specifications

Maximum power: 55W
Maximum speed: 8,500rpm
Maximum torque: 0.60Nm
Head: 14m
Flow rate: 4.4l/s distributor
8 guide vanes, @ 45°: External diameter 50mm
9 guide vanes, @ 40°: External diameter 50mm
Submersible pump with motor nominal power: 55W
Tank: Approx. 75l
Measuring ranges

– temperature: 0 to 100°C
– pressure (at turbine inlet): -100 to 100 kPa
– pressure (at turbine outlet): -100 to 100 kPa

Features & Benefits

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  • Determining the characteristics of the propeller turbine, including the relationships of:
    – volume flow rate
    – head
    – torque produced
    – power output
    – efficiency to rotational speed

  • Self-contained, small-scale hydropower unit designed to demonstrate the operating principles of a propeller turbine
  • 75l water reservoir
  • Circulating pump which produces 14m head at 4.4 l/s
  • Loaded by a magnetic brake unit which is controlled direct from the PC
  • Links to a PC via a USB interface
  • Electronic sensors monitor process variables

Armfield IFD7

  • Armfield IFD7
  • Software requires a computer running Windows XP or above with a USB port (computer not supplied by Armfield)

Packed and crated shipping specifications

Volume: 1.40m3

Gross weight: 160kg

Length: 0.91m

Width: 0.66m

Height: 1.12m

FM63-A: 220-240V / 1Ph / 50Hz
FM63-B: 120V / 1Ph / 60Hz
FM63-G: 220-240V / 1Ph / 60Hz
IFD7-A: 220-240V / 1Ph / 50Hz
IFD7-G: 220-240V / 1Ph / 60Hz

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