Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) Study-Pump Inlet Manifold Design

This project addressed challenges faced by an irrigation facility, with increased water supply demands. Increased demand, led to a situation where a series of larger pumps were to be set up with inadequate inlet conditions. This was due to the space constraints within an existing pump house. The space restrictions resulted in the inlet pipes simply being a series of eccentric reducers, after the valves, and immediately off the supply line. Additionally sharp corners existed at the connection of the pump approaches with the main supply line.  The study suggested the formation of vortices downstream of these locations.

To confirm the inadequacy of the design, a Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) study was performed on the inlet portion of the system.

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