An important but unspectacular part of hydroelectric power developments is the steel spiral case that guides the water from the penstock into the hydraulic turbine. The increasing acceptance of welding and the use of high-strength steels in the construction of spiral cases have permitted and required the development of new construction methods. This report is a condensation of the five prepared statements by representatives of the U. S. and Canadian manufacturers presented at the 1957 Annual Meeting of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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