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Model study of St. Cloud Hydropower dam

Model used to study and help design improvements for the St. Cloud Hydropower Dam

This model at the University of Minnesota's St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL) is used to study the St. Cloud Hydropower dam. Designing intake channels to hydropower plans requires careful investigation to avoid problematic intake vortices, and to guarantee efficiency of flow to the turbines.

Recently, the SAFL was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to establish a new Science and Technology Center, the National Center for Earth Surface Dynamics. The new center will seek to identify and quantify the major physical, biological and chemical processes that shape the Earth's surface.

Credit: Courtesy Pat Swanson, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

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