This paper presents the results of modelling of the complete three-dimensional fluid flow through the spiral casing, stay vanes, guide vanes, and then through the Francis turbine runner to the draft tube of the Derbendikhan power station. To investigate the flow in the Francis turbine and also to compute stress distribution in the runner blades, a three-dimensional model was prepared according to specifications provided. The two topics discussed in this study are: (i) the simulation of the 3D fluid flow through the inter blade channels for the Francis turbine runner by using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and, (ii) the simulation of the stress analysis of the turbine runner by using Finite Element Analysis (FEA). In this study, the water pressure obtained from the CFD analysis for different boundary conditions are incorporated into a Finite Element model to calculate stress distributions in the runner.

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