Hydraulic Design for Hydro-Power Plants

Online /
Aug 24 - 25, 2023 /
Course Code: 14-0816-ONL23

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):
9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks and lunch)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Know the different steps to undertake before designing a hydropower plant
  • Understand the hydrological analysis and the study to be performed before the conception
  • Do the energy calculations, reservoirs management, assessment of losses
  • Learn how to design the main components of a hydropower plant
  • Learn the design of associated structures to a hydropower plant

The design of a hydropower plant begins with a hydrological analysis and a hydraulic study, followed by an estimation of available water and eventual rated power to install, including the overall quantity of energy to be produced. Understanding the operation principles of a hydropower plant and the associated components is essential to efficiently perform the design and maximize the exploitation of available water.

This course provides an overview of the hydraulic engineering design of a hydropower plant, as well as a detailed analysis for the optimization of related works and the parameters that influence the performance, safety, and operation of such installation.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Hydropower Plants Design
  • Factors to consider
  • Hydrological Analysis and Calculations
  • Temporary Diversion
  • Spillway
  • Composition of the hydropower plant
  • Energy production
  • 1D to 3D Numerical Modeling
  • Other components
  • Taking climate change into the design criteria
  • Questions.

Who Should Attend
Professionals globally involved in the design and operation of Hydropower Plants • Managers • Decision Makers • Engineers • Operators • Technicians

Specific Characteristics
The objective of this course is to give a comprehensive understanding of design issues. Thus, participants will also look at all the works associated with the hydroelectric facilities, including temporary and permanent structures. They will deepen their knowledge in designing hydropower plants for efficient operation.

More Information

Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day I

Introduction to the design of hydropower plants

  • Types of hydropower plants.
  • Dam and power plant location choice.
  • Related works associated with a hydropower plant.
  • Energy calculations.
  • Reservoir Management.
  • Different plant components.

Hydrological studies and analysis

  • Analysis of hydrological data.
  • Determination and calculation of design flood.
  • Cofferdams.
  • Temporary diversion of river flow.
  • Determination of ecological/environmental flow.
  • Spillway discharge and Inflow Design Flood (IDF)
  • Operational and Extreme Water Levels.

Temporary diversion and release structures

  • Choosing the type of diversion.
  • Optimization of dimensions.
  • Analysis of river closing.
  • Diversion head gates.
  • Water restitution structures.

Day II


  • Types of spillway: bottom outlet, weir, overflow spillway, stepped spillway, etc.
  • Calculation and analysis of the spillway discharge capacity.
  • Energy dissipation in spillways.
  • Cavitation phenomena.
  • Spillway gates and valves.

Power plant design

  • Approach channel.
  • Intakes (form, submergence, trash rack, etc.).
  • Conduit, penstock and head losses.
  • Turbines and generator efficiency curves.
  • Draft tube and a tailrace channel.
  • Surge tank and water hammer.

Numerical modeling 1D and 3D

  • Water intake.
  • Temporary diversion.
  • Spillway.

Other works

  • Instream reserved flow.
  • Ecological/riparian flows Outlets and Valves.
  • Air vent.
  • Temporary and permanent bridges.
  • Spawning.

Taking climate change into consideration

  • In hydrological forecasts.
  • In the security of installations.

Questions, Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes.


Claude Kaddissi, ing., MS.c., Ph.D., PMP

M. Kaddissi détient un Bac en génie mécanique, une Maitrise en contrôle industriel et un Doctorat en commande nonlinéaire et non-différentiable des systèmes électrohydrauliques. Il est aussi certifié professionnel en management de projet (PMP) par le PMI (Project Management Institute).

M. Kaddissi possède plus que 7 ans d’expérience en conception et analyse des systèmes hydrauliques surtout au niveau de l’hydraulique mobile avec des clients comme John Deere, Eaton, Hydraforce, Volvo et JCB. Il possède aussi plus que 8 ans d’expérience en gestion de projets de centrales hydroélectriques. M. Kaddissi est aussi professeur associé à l’École de technologie supérieure où il enseigne l’hydraulique et la pneumatique aux finissants en génie mécanique et il codirige des étudiants aux 2ème et 3ème cycle.

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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