Water Flow Restrictor for Use in EWB Water Systems

Engbring, Jered (2011) Water Flow Restrictor for Use in EWB Water Systems. [Abstract]

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This project addresses the need for new solutions to correct problems in existing EWB water systems, specifically, the need to control flow rates and water pressures at selected points within a water supply system. The proposed solution is to design and implement a variable flow pressure restrictor (VFPR) that can be installed into the existing water systems. Traditional pressure regulators are cost prohibitive for this application, so the main point of the research is to find a simpler, less expensive alternative that still maintains functionality and reliability. The study covers the selection of suitable hardware for the purpose, design of the new VFPR, method of testing, and results of testing the selected type of restrictor. Through testing it was determined that the simple orifice restriction hardware, with interchangeable orifice sizes, would be suitable for the application. A table of orifice sizes with pressure and flow characteristics related to each was created as a guide for student engineers to use while installing this hardware in the field.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 6th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Water Flow Restrictor, EWB Water Systems, Variable flow pressure restrictor (VFPR), Water Utilities, Water supply system, Control flow rates, Water pressure, Transients (dynamics), Water Leakage, Piping, Water Supply And Irrigation Systems, Research
Subjects: School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Engineering
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Environmental Studies
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Geosciences
NBS Symposium
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 22 May 2013 13:36
Last Modified: 22 May 2013 13:36
URI: http://eprints.fortlewis.edu/id/eprint/334

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