Design of a Low Cost, Field Constructed Pipe Entrance to Improve Flow Capacity

Oliver, Christopher G. (2010) Design of a Low Cost, Field Constructed Pipe Entrance to Improve Flow Capacity. [Abstract]

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The Fort Lewis College Engineering Without Borders Program (EWB), works in developing countries around the world designing and constructing community improvement projects. Water systems are commonly designed and constructed as part of these projects. In at least one case, the water system that was constructed in an area had less capacity than desired. In examining the system for possible bottlenecks, the pipe inlet used was identified as a likely culprit. In this study, past research on pipe entrances' affect on pipe flow was explored. Based on the findings of past research, low cost, field constructed pipe inlet prototypes using improved pipe entrance designs were constructed. The prototypes were experimentally evaluated for their flowrate as a function of head and the minor head loss coefficients of the inlets were calculated. The minor head loss coefficients of each prototype were than compared to make a recommendation as to which prototype entrance design was superior. This recommendation can be used in designing new water systems and improving old ones.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 5th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fort Lewis College, Engineering Without Borders (EWB), Water Supply, Rural Geography, Developing World, Third World, Water Supply And Irrigation Systems, Water -- Distribution, Water-supply Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering
Subjects: School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Engineering
NBS Symposium
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2013 10:26
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2013 10:26

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