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Analysis and Design of Water Distribution Systems

Analyze and design water distribution networks and select pumps for applications.

This course is archived

Analysis and Design of Water Distribution Systems

Analyze and design water distribution networks and select pumps for applications.

5 weeks
5–6 hours per week
Instructor-led on a course schedule
This course is archived

About this course

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Water distribution networks are crucial for supplying water for residential areas, hospitals, educational institutions, industrial zones, commercial areas, and for firefighting purposes.

In this course, we will:

Review fluid properties, and fundamental hydraulics principles leading to continuity equation, energy and momentum equations. Review energy grade lines, and hydraulic grade lines.

  • Quantify flows through pipes and learn to design simple water distribution networks. Topics such as major and minor energy loss computations in pipe networks, and role of reservoirs, tanks, pumps, etc. in network design will be covered. MS Excel and pipe-network analysis software such as EPANET will be used to analyze pipe networks of varying complexities. Learning assessments will enable students to perform steady-state as well as extended period analyses of water distribution networks.
  • Select combinations of pumps to meet design needs of flow demands and pressures in water distribution networks during regular, peak, and fire demands. Develop system curves, obtain operating points for pumps, account for cavitation in pumps, analyze single pumps, multiple pumps in series and parallel, and design and select pumps. A project will provide hands-on experience in the design and selection of pumps for water distribution network.

At a glance

  • Institution: PurdueX
  • Subject: Engineering
  • Level: Advanced
  • Prerequisites:

    An undergraduate course in hydraulics or fluid mechanics.

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated skills: Hydraulics, Network Planning And Design, Pumps, EPANET, Water Distribution, Network Analysis, Microsoft Excel

What you'll learn

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  • Analyze and design water distribution networks
  • Select and size pumps for simple water distribution system
  • Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems
  • Week 1: Introduction, review of continuity, momentum and energy equations
  • Week 2: Friction and minor loss expressions, flow through single pipes, pipes in series and parallel
  • Week 3: Pipes networks
  • Week 4: Pump definitions, system and pump curves, operating points, and affinity laws
  • Week 5: Pump design and selection, pump systems

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Who can take this course?

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