Department of Energy and Process Engineering

Waterpower Laboratory

turbineThe Waterpower (aka Hydro Power) Laboratory consists of various pipe-loops pressurized through centrifugal pumps. In addition to conventional closed loop test circuits, the laboratory is equipped with an upper free surface reservoir which is unique and gives a great deal of flexibility. Of special test rigs one can mention:

  • Test rig for Francis, Kaplan and reversible pump turbines (RPT). This rig is in accordance with IEC standards
  • Test rig for Pelton turbines.
  • Test rig for micro-, mini- and small turbines.

turbineResearch at the laboratory is mainly connected to student projects for Master and PhD degrees, such as:

  • Design of machinery and co mponents and verification by help of numerical tools such as CFD and FEM analysis.
  • Evaluation of technology and development of theory for existing and new components in hydraulic systems.
  • Calculation of stability and safety margins within waterways (pipes-network) and preparations for measurements, procedures and analysis of hydraulic systems.
  • Testing of materials with regards to cavitation-erosion and assessment of materials with regards to fatigue in combination with flow induced structural vibrations.
  • Testing of model turbines.

Norwegian Hydropower Centre

The headquarters for the Norwegian Hydropower Centre are located at the Waterpower laboratory. The Norwegian Hydropower Centre (Norwegian abbreviation NVKS) is a national centre which aims to ensure and develop research and education in hydropower related technology. The centre is a cooperation between universities, various research institutions, the hydropower industry as well as Norwegian authorities.

Contact - Waterpower lab

Tel: + 47 73 59 38 57


NTNU Vannkraftlaboratoriet
NO-7491 Trondheim

Visiting address:

Alfred Getz vei 4 (view in Mazemap)