Penstocks

Penstocks

 Deteriorating penstocks have become an increasing concern for owners of older hydropower plants in North America.  Many of the penstocks were constructed during the rapid growth of hydroelectric power during the early 1900’s and were built using design methods, materials and construction techniques significantly different from those used today. Further, the operation of many projects has changed since construction, creating different requirements for penstocks and related components. These changed conditions often affect a penstock’s design requirements.

Strength or serviceability problems may warrant repair or replacement of a penstock. However, a rehabilitation program may meet both technical and economic standards. By employing a systematic analytical approach that considers all the current conditions, the hydro owner can identify the most cost-effective strategy for rehabilitation.

Our team provides complete penstock inspections and evaluations and cost-effective design solutions based upon the individual needs of the owner and the facility. 

 

 

 

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