FM-1849-14 Pelton Turbine Apparatus


  • Principle of operation of a Pelton wheel turbine.
  • Characteristic at constant head
    • Relationship between torque and speed
    • Efficiency dependent on speed
    • Flow rate dependent on speed
    • Hydraulic power and mechanical power dependent on speed
  • Evaluation of measuring values and characteristics based on the theory.
  • Partial load behaviour with needle control in comparison to throttle control.



  • Turbine to place upon the base unit.
  • Functioning and operating behavior of a Pelton turbine.
  • Transparent housing for observing the Pelton wheel and spear nozzle.
  • Different nozzle cross-sections via adjustable nozzle spear.
  • Constant pressure of the turbine represents in practice the head and is adjusted via base unit.
  • Turbine load using the wear-free and adjustable eddy current brake. (optional)
  • Force sensor to determine the torque on turbine shaft. (optional)
  • Optical speed sensor for measuring the turbine speed. (optional)
  • Water supply, flow rate measurement and unit-specific software data acquisition and operation via base unit. (optional)


The Apparatus of Pelton turbine mounts on the base. Pelton  turbine is mounted on a transparent Plexiglass Hosing. A  adjustable water spear valve allow the water to leave through  the nozzle and hits the buckets. An adjustable spear valve  controls the discharge by varying the diameter of the jet from  the nozzle. The Hydraulic Bench supplies water to the nozzle.  Water from the turbine discharges back into the base unit  tank and recalculates.  This demonstration Pelton Turbine is a miniature Pelton wheel  with spear valve arrangement mounted on a support frame  which locates on the Hydraulics Bench top channel.  Mechanical output from the turbine is absorbed using a  simple friction dynamometer. Pressure at the spear valve is  indicated on a manometer gauge. A non-contact tachometer  may be used to determine the speed of the Pelton wheel  turbine. Basic principles of the Pelton wheel turbine may be  demonstrated and with appropriate measurements, power  produced and efficiency may be determined. The unit  provides a simple low cost introduction to turbine  performance.