• IGHEM 2022

  • The 13th International conference on hydraulic efficiency measurement (ighem.org) will be held in Grenoble, France, 03-05 October, 2022.
    Grenoble is the capital of the French Alps and it is an important European scientific centre. High-tech industries have a significant presence, especially in the field of semiconductors, electronics and biotechnology.
    The conference will take place at the Giant Innovation Campus (ENSE3 / GreEn-ER building) at the Grenoble Presqu’île.

    The conference will provide a forum for engineers from industry and research establishments to present new results, to exchange ideas and to discuss directions of future developments.

    Paper submission :
    Deadline for abstracts – February 28, 2022
    Notification of acceptance – March 31, 2022
    Deadline for full papers – July 31, 2022
    All abstracts and papers should be submitted to the IGHEM technical committee: thomas.staubli@hslu.ch



    Oct 2, 2022  
    18:00 Welcome of the participants and registration - Hotel d'Angleterre, 5 Pl. Victor Hugo, Grenoble
    19:30 Welcome cocktail - Hotel d'Angleterre
    Oct 3, 2022  
    8:00 - 8:45 Registration
    8:50 - 9:00 General information
    9:00 - 9:30 Speech from Mr. Serge Autouri - EDF DTG General Director 
    9:30 - 10:00 Operating experience from intentional transit of fine sediment through hydraulic turbines
    10:00 - 10:30 Hydro-abrasive erosion on coated Pelton turbines: Nine years of measurements and temporary shutdowns of HPP Fieschertal
    10:30 Coffee Break
      Plant and Turbine Optimization​
    11:00-11:30 IT/OT Integration at Jirau Hydropower Plant: real-time operational intelligence using the PI System
    11:30 - 12:00 From on-site performance testing to digital twin performance monitoring: EDF's experience
    12:00 Lunch
      Acoustic Methods
    13:30 -14:00 Challenges of implementing a reliable and accurate nonintrusive ultrasonic flow measurement on penstocks at largescale hydroelectric power plants
    14:00 - 14:30 Accuracy of clamp on ultrasonic measurement based on thermodynamic efficiency measurement, a case study
    14:30 - 15:00 Time Reverse Acoustic and its application in the area of flow measurements in pressurized pipes
    15:00 - 15:30 Ultrasonic flow measurement at the Génissiat hydropower plant
    15:30 Coffee Break
      Thermodynamic Method
    16:00 - 16:30 Simplified thermodynamic method
    16:30 - 17:00 Experience from a thermodynamic efficiency test introducing generator cooling water back into the main discharge
    17:00 - 17:30 An Improved Procedure in Efficiency Measurement on Pump-Turbine by Thermodynamic Method
    17:30 - 18:00 Gearbox losses measurement
    18:00 Break
    18:10 - 18:40 CFD study of a Francis turbine using an industrial approach including a validation with model test results
    18:40 - 19:10 The use of Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in Condition Monitoring of Pelton Runners
    Oct 4, 2022  
      Acoustic Methods and Dynamics​
    8:30 - 9:00 Analysis of the Flow Conditions in the Nant de Drance Pumped Storage Plant and their Impact on Acoustic Discharge Measurement
    9:00 - 9:30 Typical uncertainty analysis of acoustic discharge measurements by multipath flow meters in hydropower applications 
    9:30 - 10:00 An ASFM Application for Penstock Rupture Detection
    10:00 Coffee Break
    10:30 - 11:00 Ultrasonic flow measurement under dynamic conditions and geometrically unsteady conditions 
    11:00 - 11:30 Study on the extension of acoustic flow metering devices to monitor transient phenomena
    11:30 - 12:00 Little known impacts on the accuracy of the Gibson method
    12:00 Lunch
      Current Meter Method​
    13:30 - 14:00 Flow measurement methodology for low head and short intake bulb turbines - Iron Gate 2 case
    14:00 - 14:30 Uncertainty assessment of flow measurements at Iron Gate 2
    14:30 - 15:00 Current-meter flow rate measurement using the moving frame method
    15:00 - 15:30 Research of Turbine Efficiency Test by Current-Meter Method for Hydropower Unit with Divided Tailrace Gates
    15:30 Coffee Break
    16:00 - 16:30 Simulations versus in situ measurements analysis for detecting, characterizing and localizing flow perturbations
    17:00 - 17:30 Iso-Power cam curve testing for optimal blades/wicket gates law for Kaplan Turbines
    17:30 - 18:00 Determination of the measurement uncertainty for static pressure measurements
    18:30 - 19:45 Visit to Bastille Site, Quai Stéphane Jay, Grenoble
    20:00 Gala Dinner - L'Épicurien, 1 Pl. aux Herbes, Grenoble
    Oct 5, 2022​  
    8:45 Technical Tour - Grand Maison Power Plant
    Bus departure at 09:00 - Hotel d'Angleterre, 5 Pl. Victor Hugo, Grenoble
    Come back to Grenoble at about 16:00 - Hotel d'Angleterre 

    Technical Tour : Grand Maison Power Plant


    Grand'Maison is one of the last born of the big dams in Europe. It is located upstream of the Romanche valley between the Belledonne and Grandes Rousses massifs, in the department of Isère.
    The Grand'Maison power station is a Pumped Energy Transfer Station (STEP). An upper reservoir is connected to a lower basin located at the powerhouse. During periods of high consumption, the powerhouse turbine the water from the upper reservoir. The water then reaches the downstream basin. In off-peak periods, mainly at night and during the weekends, the water from the lower reservoir is pumped to the upper reservoir. The system thus makes it possible the rapid response to a spike in consumption.
    The Grand'Maison power plant consists of 2 plants, which total 12 units, 1800 MW available in just 3 minutes. The first plant, outside, is equipped with 4 turbine groups and the other one, underground, is located 70 m lower, with 8 groups called "reversible" turbines -they function both as turbines and as pumps.

    The power plant, which has an installed capacity of 9% of the capacity of the hydropower fleet operated by EDF in France, plays a major role in the regulation of the national electricity network.

    Gala Dinner : "Restaurant L'Épicurien" - Grenoble
    Located in the heart of historic Grenoble, the Restaurant L'Epicurien is celebrating 70 years of cooking in this establishment which, since the post-war period, has never ceased to bring the refinement and warmth of this good table up to date.
    This restaurant of traditional Grenoble cuisine combines classic or innovative dishes with fresh market produce and flavours that are the secret of great chefs.

    International Steering Committee (conference organizers)
    Name Conference Country
    Jim Walsh IGHEM 1998 & 2006 U.S.A
    Anton Felder IGHEM 2000 Germany
    Albert Mikhail IGHEM 2002 Canada
    Thomas Staubli * IGHEM 2004 Switzerland
    Fabio Muciaccia IGHEM 2008 Italy
    Arun Kumar IGHEM 2010 India
    Harald Hulaas IGHEM 2012 Norway
    Geraldo Lúcio Tiago Filho IGHEM 2014 Brazil
    Josef Steinmassl IGHEM 2016 Austria
    Heming Hu IGHEM 2018 China
    Carmen Badina IGHEM 2022 France

    * President of IGHEM Organization

    Local Organizing Committee
    Name Organization Country
    Carmen Badina EDF - DTG France
    Cornel Ioana ENSE3 France



    IGHEM 2022 will take place in

    Grenoble INP - Ense3, Grenoble, (France) 
    21 Avenue des Martyrs
    38031 Grenoble

    Ense³ is located in a  eco-neighborhood, only few parking spots are available.


    Train :
    TGV (High-Speed Train) : from Paris (3 h) or Lyon (1h15).

    Car or MotorBike :
    Cambridge Parking : 475 parking places et 50 bicycle spots.

    Public Transport :
    With the Tramway : line B, Marie Louise Paris - CEA stop
    With the Bus Transisère, Marie Louise Paris - CEA stop

    Bus shuttles :
    From the Lyon Saint Exupery airport are available every hour to go to Grenoble bus station (which is close to the city center and to the conference site). Please refer to the BlaBlaBus website.

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