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Analysis of Flow Characteristics Within a Vortex Drop Structure

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A common means of transporting sewage and storm water from higher elevations to lower elevations is a Vortex Drop Structure (VDS). Issues with traditional drop structures include damage to surrounding structures caused by free falling fluids and odorous, corrosive Hydrogen Sulfide gas leaks. IPEX, Inc. has developed an improved model of the VDS, which is designed to reduce structural damage due to fluid flow, prevent the release of dissolved gases, and prevent Hydrogen Sulfide release through the creation of negative pressure inside the air core of the inlet. The IPEX, Inc. VDS will be analyzed for air intake by the researchers through numerical modeling and theoretical analysis of fluid flow within the VDS and experimental analysis of fluid characteristics. A smoke test will also be utilized to examine air flow into the drop shaft and video recorded for visual analysis.


Principal Investigator:  Jaganathan, Arun  --  Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Technology
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Funding Agencies:  IPEX, Inc.
Amount Awarded:  18,037

Start Period:  11/25/2013 End Period:  05/24/2014
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