Current practice in the design of hydro-power plants is to determine empirically the most suitable design in a series of time-consuming experiments. However, SMEs in this sector have to face private and public tenders to sell their turbines in both national and global markets, where the competition is very strong and the development time is very short. The challenge facing Zeco is to improve its design processes by the use of HPC-based high-fidelity simulations of flow in its turbines through the use of CFD-based tools.
Zeco company was founded in the 60s and, after developing projects and technologies for the textile industry, ceramic, hydraulic, the company specializes in the construction of turbines assuming a very specific identity and appearance. Since then Zeco produces turbines for hydroelectric power plants and, as now, focuses its attention on the customer's needs by offering a complete service from design to manufacturing process control and product, installation, after-sales service point strength of the company able to assist its customers 24 hours 24 throughout the year.