Archimedes Screw: Power Generation in Pulsating Environment?

In summary, the Archimedes screw generator may not work efficiently in a pulsating environment due to its reliance on constant flow. Additionally, placing the screw in a pressure-driven, zero-head environment may not generate enough power. The equation for determining power generated by the screw would involve factors such as size, surface area, inclination, pressure, and speed of the fluid passing through it.
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Hello,

I am wondering whether an Archimedes screw generator would work in a pulsating environment. What I mean by this is does the screw require constant flow in order to generate electrcity? Or could I put such a screw in a pressure driven yet zero-head environment(similar to blood flow)?

Also, what is the equation for the amount of power such a screw would generate in relation to it's size, surface area, inclination, pressure and speed of the fluid passing through it?

Thank You.
 
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dffhkhksg said:
Hello,

I am wondering whether an Archimedes screw generator would work in a pulsating environment. What I mean by this is does the screw require constant flow in order to generate electrcity? Or could I put such a screw in a pressure driven yet zero-head environment(similar to blood flow)?

Also, what is the equation for the amount of power such a screw would generate in relation to it's size, surface area, inclination, pressure and speed of the fluid passing through it?

Thank You.

I think it would be very inefficient, as the screw works by a vector component of the weight of the water driving continuously sideways as the water makes its way down. In a simple flow situation, after a few turns it is the water that will be moving sideways (spirally), and due to fluid friction, might even turn the screw the 'wrong' way. That's the way I see it in my mind visually, anyway.
 

Related to Archimedes Screw: Power Generation in Pulsating Environment?

1. How does the Archimedes Screw generate power in a pulsating environment?

The Archimedes Screw, also known as the "screw pump," is a device that uses a rotating screw to move water or other fluids from a lower level to a higher level. In a pulsating environment, the screw is able to harness the energy from the pulsating flow of the fluid to rotate and generate power.

2. What types of pulsating environments can the Archimedes Screw operate in?

The Archimedes Screw can operate in a wide range of pulsating environments, including rivers, streams, tidal zones, and even industrial settings with fluctuating fluid flow.

3. How efficient is the Archimedes Screw in generating power in a pulsating environment?

The efficiency of the Archimedes Screw in generating power depends on various factors such as the size and design of the screw, the speed and flow of the fluid, and the overall operating conditions. However, studies have shown that the screw can achieve an efficiency of up to 80% in harnessing energy from pulsating environments.

4. Can the Archimedes Screw be used for large-scale power generation?

Yes, the Archimedes Screw can be scaled up for large-scale power generation. In fact, it has been used for centuries in water mills and modern versions have been successfully implemented in hydroelectric power plants.

5. What are the advantages of using the Archimedes Screw for power generation in a pulsating environment?

There are several advantages of using the Archimedes Screw for power generation in a pulsating environment. These include its ability to operate in a wide range of fluid conditions, its simple design and maintenance, and its low environmental impact compared to traditional power generation methods such as dams and turbines.

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