What is a Pelton turbine?

With a Pelton turbine, the energy of water is converted through nozzles into high-velocity jets of water that drive a turbine by virtue of the forces of the water jets on buckets attached to the turbine wheel. This impulse-type turbine is generally used for high-head applications.

Lester Allen Pelton invented this turbine.

FURTHER READING“Lester Pelton and His Water Wheel,” Hydro Review, Volume 8, No. 5, October 1989, pages 22-26.

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