Control of Surge Pressures in Irrigation Systems

by Roger Beieler, CH2M Hill, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Planning Now for Irrigation and Drainage in the 21st Century


Excessively high or low pressure within an irrigation system can result in damage to pipelines, pumps, valves, and on-farm facilities. Frequently, these pressure variations are caused by a pressure surge resulting from a power failure, pump startup, or rapid valve closure. Numerous techniques are available to design engineers for predicting the magnitude of the pressure variations. If the analysis indicates potential problems, the designer should incorporate appropriate surge control devices into the system. Several of these devices are discussed and compared in this paper.

Subject Headings: Irrigation systems | Valves | Pumps | Water storage | Power outage | Pressure pipes | Pipes

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