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Pelton Wheel

A form of IMPULSE turbine developed in America in the second half of the C19th. Most suited to situations where a very high head of water can be used to produce a high velocity jet (or jets) which is directed on to cup-shaped buckets around the rim of the wheel. To efficiently convert the kinetic energy of the water to mechanical power, the rim of the wheel must move at approximately half the velocity of the water.

Alternative terms

Term Language Region
Pelton Turbine English