With a capacity of 750 MW, the equal value of 50% of Guadalajara’s Metropole in electricity requirement; one of Mexico’s most important and ambitious hydroelectric projects is “La Yesca.” Build by CFE Comisión Federal de Electricidad (The Federal Commission of Electricity) as part of the Hydraulic System of the Santiago River including 27 projects in all, of which “La Yesca” comes in second in terms of power and third in terms of production.
“Mexican Engineering has proven itself in matters of quality, both in terms of innovating during its productive process as for its technical breakthroughs’ in its operations,” CFE.
During the development and construction of this hydroelectric central, a few questions were raised, creating uncertainty in relation to the structural integrity of the curtain, with a height of 208.50 meters it is positioned as the second highest controlled structure in the world of its class.
This strategic partnership between ANDRYTZ Hydro, the Austrian specialist in rehabilitating and modernizing hydraulics, and Grupo SSC pioneer and leader in engineering driven by simulation in Mexico, eased the way to decision making to sustain the design and optimization of the drainage system for the Central.
Grupo SSC’s participation was crucial to guarantee that the drainage flow would occur with utmost safety. For this purpose, the evaluation with tools such as ANSYS for simulating and CATIA for designing, where various virtual scenarios under real operating conditions, a mechanism would be found to dissipate flow speed in such a way that the integrity of the structural curtain would stay within the margins of operational safety. As a result, it was possible to find the adequate design for an efficient hydrodynamic performance in the drainage, allowing even today the central to operate under profitable and reliable conditions.
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