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Homework Help: Hydroelectric turbine. . . penstock question.

  1. Jan 18, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I'm seeking to understand how a penstock's width and thickness is related to the the ending power produced by the turbine. . . . In short, how can I determine the most ideal penstock? What is the perfect penstock in regards to a system with a very high head (vertical distance)?
    If water is being collected at a high altitude and goes through a penstock to sea-level, what kind of penstock would be most ideal in order to produce the most benefit?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I have done a lot of research, but I can't find a concise explanation.

    I'm sorry this is so long and confusing! Thank you in advance.
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