Test facilities and technological methods
Hevatech disposes of a low power TURBOSOL machine (25 kW) in its workshop at Malataverne (26 – France). This prototype is used as a test bench for new components qualification, such as the injectors, and other process improvements.
The TURBOSOL device is representative of a “customer’s machine” as it is built with all the characteristic features and operates according to conditions that might be degraded in comparison to the nominal point.
The main difficulty faced in order to operate the machine in real conditions was the lack of disposable waste heat nearby Hevatech’s facilities. Such prerequisites had then to be artificially recreated.
|In the frame of step up validation, Hevatech’s team was working on injectors with unitary power of 25 kW (lately 8 kW). Then, a vapour accumulation module was designed and implemented on site, in order to meet required thermodynamic fluid flows.|
Henceforth, Hevatech is also equipped with flow, turbulence and heat transfer simulation and modelling software “Ansys Fluent”. These activities actually led by external experts and academic partners will be complemented with internal studies carried out by a young recruit.