As a result of recent developments, the range of Kaplan turbine applications has been greatly increased. They are being applied, for example, in exploiting many hydro sources previously discarded for economic or environmental reasons, and have also been used as wind turbines. The adjustable runner blades add to the complexity of construction of a Kaplan turbine. The runner blade operating mechanism consists of a pressure oil head, a runner servomotor, and the blade operating rod inside the shaft.
Compare with the Francis turbine and the Pelton turbine.
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• WATER POWER
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