The Bellary Thermal power project not only meets the power needs of Karnataka, but it also provides excess power to accommodate future growth. The large power project needs a significant source of water, and Jash Engineering was tasked with developing a 171-kilometer pipeline to the plant. To prevent power interruptions, the pipeline had to carefully control water pressure surges. They wanted to use hydraulic analysis to ensure steady flow, but the complex nature of the project required specialized calculations.
Jash Engineering determined that OpenFlows HAMMER could perform the specialized analysis needed for the project. The application helped determine surge pressures, as well as cavity formations and collapse, at various locations. They used analysis results to control pressures with both air cushion and zero velocity valves. The final design significantly reduced the total cost of the surge protection solution, and they plan to continue using the application to monitor and control water pressure, air management, and oscillation.