Unformatted text preview: Lecture 9 Mainline Pipe Design
I. SplitLine Laterals Laterals are usually distributed evenly along a mainline because:
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• More equal pump load at different lateral positions
Reduced mainline cost
Don’t need to “deadhead” back when finished (cross over to other side)
But, splitline laterals may interfere with cultural operations (wet areas at both
ends of field)
Consider twin laterals operating in the same direction: Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures Page 101 Merkley & Allen •
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• In the above case, and for only a single lateral on the mainline, the design of
the mainline is relatively simple – it is easy to find the most extreme
operating position
However, the friction loss along the mainline is about four times greater than
for the splitline configuration
Note that for the above two configurations the first sprinkler on the laterals
would be at 0.5Se from the inlet, unless the mainline is laid upon a roadway
in the field
Twin splitline laterals with dual mainline... •
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• Same combined mainline length
No valves on mainline  elbow at each lateral inlet
More labor required, but mainline costs less because no valves, and because
the mainline is sized for the flow rate of one lateral over the entire mainline
length (not half at twice the capacity)
For different lateral positions, you remove pieces of the mainline from the
longer section and put on the shorter section II. General Design Considerations
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• Look at extreme operating conditions for the mainline by varying lateral
positions (this can be more complicated for irregular field shapes and nonuniform field slopes)
Can use economic pipe selection method, but don’t make a big sacrifice in
terms of pressure uniformity along the mainline to save pumping costs
Buried mainlines do not obstruct traffic, nor do they remove any land from
production. But, they cannot be moved from field to field Merkley & Allen Page 102 Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures • Buried mainlines tend to last longer, because they are not handled and
banged up after installation Uphill SplitLine Mainline Design
I. Definition of the Example Problem
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• See example 10.1 from the textbook, an uphill mainline design for two splitline laterals
For design, consider the two extreme lateral positions:
1. Both laterals at position B (midpoint of mainline)
2. One lateral at position A and the other at position C •
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• Divide the mainline into two logical lengths, at the midpoint, according to the
two extreme lateral positions
Determine the total allowable head loss due to friction in each of these logical
lengths, then find two adjacent pipe sizes for each length
Determine the lengths of each pipe size so that the total head loss is just
equal to the allowable head loss
This is somewhat analogous to the procedure for designing dual pipe size
laterals
This is the system layout (shown with both laterals at position B): Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures Page 103 Merkley & Allen •
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• Pump provides at least 172 ft of head at P
Lateral inlet pressure head is given as 125 ft of head (Eq. 9.2)
Supply line and mainline are to be aluminum, in 30ft lengths
The figure below shows the hydraulic schematic for this mainline, with
separate friction loss profiles for the two extreme lateral positions
The mainline is tentatively divided into sizes D1 and D2 for the first half (L1),
and D3 and D4 for the second half (L2). So, there are potentially four different
pipe sizes in the mainline from A to C. •
• We do not yet know what these pipe diameters will be
We do not yet know the required lengths of the different diameter pipes •
• hf1 is for the case when both laterals are at B
hf2, hf3, and hf4 are for the case when one lateral is at A and the other at C •
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• hf1 is for 500 gpm over L1
hf2 is for 250 gpm over L1 + L2
hf3 is for 250 gpm over L2
hf4 is for 250 gpm over L1 Merkley & Allen Page 104 Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures II. Select the Size of the Supply Line
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• We need to select the size of the supply line to know what the head loss is
from P to A (pressure at P is given as 172 ft of head)
Assume no elevation change between P and A • From continuity, Q = A V, then for an allowable velocity of 5 ft/s: D= 4Q
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πV 4 (1.11 cfs )
= 0.53 ft
π ( 5 fps ) (186) • This is 6.4 inches. In Table 8.4, the 6inch pipe has an inside diameter of
5.884 inches. With this size, the velocity at 500 gpm would be 5.9 ft/s, which
we will accept (could use 8inch pipe, but 6inch is probably OK) • From Table 8.4, the head loss gradient in the 6inch supply line at 500 gpm is
2.27 ft/100 ft. Then, (hf )P− A = ( 2.27 ft / 100 ft ) ⎛
⎜ 440 ft ⎞
= 10.0 ft
100 ⎟
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⎠ • (187) This means that the pressure head at A is 172 ft  10.0 ft = 162 ft III. Determine D1 and D2 for both Laterals at B
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• We will tolerate (hf)1 head loss over section L1 of the mainline when both
laterals are operating at B. This will give the required hl at B.
We can see that (hf)1 is defined as: hf 1 = 162 ft − hl + 0.5 ∆he
hf1 = 162 ft − 125 ft − 7 ft = 30 ft
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(189) The allowable loss gradient in section L1 for both laterals operating at B is ⎛ 30 ft ⎞
⎟ = 5 ft per 100 ft
⎝ 600 ft ⎠ ( Ja )L1 = 100 ⎜
• (190) From Table 8.4, this is between the 5 and 6inch pipe sizes, which have
respective loss gradients of 5.54 ft/100 ft and 2.27 ft/100 ft for the 500 gpm
flow rate. Therefore, choose D1 = 6 inch and D2 = 5 inch. Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures Page 105 Merkley & Allen • Now we must find out how long D1 should be so that the friction loss is really
equal to 30 ft of head... LD1 ( 2.27 ) + ( 600 − LD1 ) ( 5.54 ) = 100 ( 30 ft )
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• Solving the above, LD1 = 99.1 ft
Using 30ft pipe lengths, we adjust the length to... LD1 = 90 ft of 6 " pipe ( 3 sections ) LD2 = 510 ft of 5 " pipe (17 sections )
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(193) With the adjusted lengths, we will get 30.3 ft of head loss over section L1 for
500 gpm (this is close enough to the allowable 30 ft) IV. Determine D3 and D4 for Laterals at A and C
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• We will tolerate (hf)3 + (hf)4 head loss over the whole length of the mainline
when one lateral is operating at A and the other at C
We can calculate (hf)4 straight away because we already know the pipe sizes
and lengths in section L1... hf 4 = ( 90 ft ) ( 0.63 ) + ( 510 ft ) (1.53 ) = 8.37 ft
100 (194) where the friction loss gradients for 250 gpm are 0.63 ft/100 ft (6” size) and
1.53 ft/100 ft (5” size). These values were taken from Table 8.4.
• Now we need to know the allowable loss for (hf)3, such that the pressure in
the mainline at C will be equal to hl (we know that the pressure at A is 162 ft  it is more than enough)... hf 2 = hf 1 + 0.5 ∆he = 23.0 ft
h f 3 = h f 2 − h f 4 = 2 3 .0 ft − 8 . 3 7 f t = 1 4 .6 f t
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(196) The allowable loss gradient in section L2 for laterals at A and C is ⎛ 14.6 ft ⎞
⎟ = 2.43 ft per 100 ft
⎝ 600 ft ⎠ ( Ja )L2 = 100 ⎜ Merkley & Allen Page 106 (197) Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures •
• From Table 8.1, this is between the 4 and 5inch pipe sizes, which have
respective loss gradients of 4.66 ft/100 ft and 1.53 ft/100 ft for the 250 gpm
flow rate. Therefore, choose D3 = 5 inch and D4 = 4 inch.
Now we must find out how long D3 should be so that the friction loss is really
equal to 14.6 ft of head... LD3 (1.53 ) + ( 600 − LD3 ) ( 4.66 ) = 100 (14.6 ft )
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• (198) Solving the above, LD3 = 427 ft
Using 30ft pipe lengths, we adjust the length to... LD3 = 420 ft of 5 " pipe (14 sections)
LD4 = 180 ft of 4 " pipe ( 6 sections)
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(200) With the adjusted lengths, we will get 14.8 ft of head loss over section L2 for
250 gpm (this is close enough to the allowable 14.6 ft) V. Check this Mainline Design for an Intermediate Position
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• Just to be sure, suppose that one lateral is operating halfway between A and
B, and the other halfway between B and C
The allowable friction loss from point A to the furthest lateral is (hf)2 + ¼∆he,
or 23.0 ft + 3.5 ft = 26.5 ft. The actual friction loss would be: hf = 0.01[(2.27)(90) + (5.54)(210) + (1.53)(600)] = 22.9 ft
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• (201) OK, the head in the mainline at the furthest lateral is more than enough
See the figure below for a graphical interpretation of the two laterals in
intermediate positions Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures Page 107 Merkley & Allen VI. Comments About the Mainline Design
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• Both D2 and D3 are the same size in this example
If we were lucky, both D1 and D2 (or D3 and D4) could be the same size, but
that means the friction loss gradient would have to be just right •
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• The lateral inlet pressure will be just right when both laterals operate at B
The lateral inlet pressure will be just right for a lateral operating at C
The lateral inlet pressure will always be too high for a lateral operating
between A and B (the inlet pressure to the mainline, at A, is always 162 ft) • We designed D1 and D2 for the condition when both laterals are at B. This is
a more demanding condition for L1 than when one lateral is at A and the
other at C (in this case, only half the system flow rate is in L1). So, we don’t
need to “check” D1 and D2 again for the case when the laterals are at A and
C. • We didn’t consider the hydrant loss from the mainline into the sprinkler
lateral, but this could be added to the requirements (say, effective hl) • This design could be also done using the economic pipe selection method (or
another pipe selection method. It would be a good idea to check to see if the Merkley & Allen Page 108 Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures • 172 ft at the pump (point A) could be reduced by using larger supply and
mainline pipes, thus reducing the annual energy costs. However, if the 172 ft
were due to gravity supply, the design would still be all right.
However, the velocity in the 5inch pipe at 500 gpm is too high, at 8.5 fps
(always check velocity limits when sizing pipes!) VII. Both Laterals Operating at Point C
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• How would the mainline design change if it were not split line operation, and
both laterals were operating at location C?
In this case, intuition and past experience tells us location C is the critical
lateral position – if you don’t agree, then you should test other lateral
positions to convince yourself
We will tolerate (hf)2 head loss over the entire 1,200ft length of the mainline
when both laterals are operating at C. This will give the required hl at C.
We can see that (hf)2 is defined as: hf 2 = 162 ft − hl + ∆he
hf 2 = 162 ft − 125 ft − 14 ft = 23 ft
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(203) The allowable loss gradient over the length of the mainline for both laterals
operating at C is ⎛ 23 ft ⎞
Ja = 100 ⎜
= 1.92 ft per 100 ft
1, 200 ft ⎟
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• From Table 8.4, this is between the 6 and 8inch pipe sizes, which have
respective loss gradients of 2.27 ft/100 ft and 0.56 ft/100 ft for the 500 gpm
flow rate
Determine the respective pipe lengths so that the friction loss is really equal
to 23 ft of head... L8 " ( 0.56 ) + (1, 200 − L8 " ) ( 2.27 ) = 100 ( 23 ft )
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• (204) (205) Solving the above, L8” = 248 ft
Using 30ft pipe lengths, we adjust the length to... L8 " = 270 ft of 8 " pipe ( 9 sections ) L6 " = 930 ft of 6 " pipe ( 31 sections )
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