In the summer of 1986, the Saint Anthony Falls Hydraulic Laboratory (SAFHL) was
selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the development of an independent
turbine test facility (ITTF). As a cost sharing project by SAFHL and the DOE, the
establishment of an ITTF in the United States provides capabilities needed to the United
States hydropower industry. The SAFHL ITTF will aid in the development of improved
turbine designs, as well as provide a facility for cavitation, aspiration, and draft tube
studies. In addition, the ITTF can provide access to model testing for small manufacturers,
as well as being available for comparative model testing . Finally, the ITTF is also a
significant instructional tool in training of capable young hydropower engineers.
U. S. Department of Energy
Contract No. DOE-DE-AC07-861012617
Olivier, Cecilio; Voigt, Richard L., Jr.; Ramanathan, V.; Gulliver, John S.; Arndt, Roger E. A..
The St. Anthony Falls Independent Turbine Test Facility.
St. Anthony Falls Hydraulic Laboratory.
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