This project had the goal to find several possible Non-powered dam locations in the Missouri-Illinois area. Then after finding possible locations, score each chosen area to pick the best location based on its power generation capability. After choosing the Melvin Price Lock & Dam location and design we thought fit best with it, more detailed drawings and concepts were generated. Using this information, a 3D CAD model, cost estimation, build schedule and risk analysis sheet were created. The CAD model is a preliminary model to show the design more thoroughly. The cost estimation is rough and includes a 25% contingency. Our final cost came to ~ $210 million. Our build schedule includes time spent obtaining the correct permits, licensing and other small project steps. Our final build time came to 89 months. Using our risk analysis, we found that cost estimation was the greatest risk to the schedule and funding. Finally, comparing the data of other dam structure’s and conversion project’s levelized cost of energy, we found that our assumptions and calculations lead to a reasonable, but the somewhat high cost of energy if the project were built, roughly $7333 per kilowatt of installed power or $.044/kWH for a 50-year lifespan.
Mechanical Engineering Design Project (UMSL JME 410)
Cruz Diaz, Ninel; Palmer, Adam; and Martin, Jeremy, "Hydropower Conversion Project" (2020). Washington University / UMSL Mechanical Engineering Design Project JME 4110. 28.
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