Automatic Flow and Water Level Control
Numerous rivers in Germany are impounded, primarily to improve conditions for shipping and also for generating energy. Efficient optimized operation of weirs, power stations and locks demands extensively automated operation. In this context, the BAW is currently involved in various barrages at the rivers Mosel, Neckar and Saar.
Automated control of a barrage requires configuration of the parameters for the control system, in particular the controller, so that local conditions can be taken into consideration. The parameters cannot be derived from operation of the barrage and have to be provided in advance. The BAW solves this task through joint simulation of the impoundment and the control system using the MATLAB/SIMULINK development platform.
For the hydraulic behaviour of the impoundment the unsteady flow modeling system CasControl is used, while the actuators weir and power station are mapped in the form of characteristic curves. The instrumentation, control and adjustment variables are networked together with the results obtained on site using control system and signal processing methods.
|Head of Section W3, Karlsruhe|
|Dr.-Ing. Carsten Thorenz|
|Phone||+49 (0) 721 9726-3560|
|Deputy Head W3|
|Dr.-Ing. Michael Gebhardt|
|Phone||+49 (0) 721 9726-3410|