Water Power Engineering, 2/e

Water Power Engineering, 2/e

Authors : M M Dandekar & K N Sharma

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About the Author

M M Dandekar :- Late Prof M M Dandekar was Professor and Head of Civil Engineering Department at Malaviya Regional Engineering College (now Malaviya National Institute of Technology), Jaipur, Rajasthan. A highly respected teacher, he had extensive experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate classes in water power engineering, hydraulics and water resources engineering. He published a large number of research papers in reputed journals both in India and abroad. One of his papers was awarded "Dr K L Rao Prize" by the Institution of Engineers (India).

K N Sharma :- Prof K N Sharma taught hydraulics, water power engineering, and hydrology to undergraduate and postgraduate students from 1969-81. He was awarded the Ford Foundation Fellowship in Water Management at the University of California, Davis (USA) during 1976-77. As the Head of Hydrology and Water Resources Department from 1981-89 at National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd. (NHPC Ltd.), a Govt. of India undertaking, he was responsible for water resources planning and design of several important hydro-electric projects in the country. He joined International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) in 1989 at its headquarters in New Delhi, and retired in 2010 as Secretary. Widely travelled across continents as an expert and honoured with an international award in Montreal, Canada in 2002 for his outstanding contributions to ICID and Global Food Security, he has lectured in many universities in India and abroad and has published and presented papers in national and international journals and conferences.

About the Book

The book provides a comprehensive account of an important sector of engineering—the hydro-power—that is renewable and potentially sustainable. It covers the entire scope of the subject in a lucid manner starting from the fundamentals of hydrology, to various hydraulic and civil structures to electrical and mechanical equipment as required for hydro-power projects. Many new issues and challenges voiced in the energy sector in general and water power in particular during the last decade have been addressed in the book. Recent innovations and developments in some areas like wave power, and new technologies in hydraulic structures, like the P-K weirs, fuse gates, stepped spillways, CFRD, RCC, etc., find place suitably in the book.
Interesting and relevant references of projects having special components have been cited where required, while a large number of illustrations, diagrams, pictures and solved and unsolved questions are included in each chapter. Although the book is not meant to be a design manual, it briefly covers the main aspects to be considered while planning and implementing a hydro-electric project.
The book is meant for undergraduate and postgraduate students of civil and electrical engineering and for the professionals interested in the subject.


1. Extracting Energy from Water, 2. Elementary Hydrology, 3. Precipitation, 4. Runoff and Stream Flow, 5. Electrical Load on Hydro-turbines, 6. Low and High Head Plants, 7. Pumped Storage Power Plants, 8. Dams, 9. Spillways, 10. Penstocks and Accessories, 11. Water Hammer and Surges, 12. Intakes, Canals and Tunnels, 13. Turbines, 14. Electrical and Mechanical Equipment, 15. Planning of Powerhouses, 16. Hydro-power From Oceans, 17. Small-scale Hydro, 18. Environmental Impact of Hydel and Multi-purpose Projects, 19. Some Typical Projects • Appendices • Bibliography • Index

New in this Edition

♦ Thoroughly rewritten text; takes account of the new and growing technology, including
• New types of dams, sedimentation of reservoirs, rehabilitation of dams
• Spillway design floods, new types of spillways
• Mathematical models for rainfall-runoff analysis, including contribution of snowfall
• Structural components of tidal plants, and new types of turbines
• Wave power exploitation
♦ Detailed study on Sardar Sarovar and Tehri projects
♦ Fully updated with the latest data, up to 2013
♦ Two new chapters on 'small-scale hydro, and 'environmental impact of hydro and multi-purpose projects'