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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 13 Center Pivot Nozzling
I. Center Pivot Nozzling
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• The wetted width of the application package can be reduced closer to the
pivot point because the towers are moving at a slower speed at inner points;
therefore, the application intensity (AR) is less (qr ∝ r)
Generally, if spray booms are required near the end of the center pivot, spray
drops can be used toward the center, and the spray drops nearest the pivot
point will produce something like a fine mist
At the far end of the lateral the application may be more like a torrential rain
Generally, impact and spray sprinklers would not be mixed on a center pivot
because the pressure requirements are substantially different
The minimum wetted width at any radius r along the pivot (for an elliptical
pattern) can be calculated as: wr = 8r Ud
60 T AR x DEpa (274) where ARx is the maximum permissible application rate (mm/min) according
to limits imposed by the soil, slope, and vegetative cover; Ud is in mm/day; T
is in hrs/day; and DEpa is expressed as a fraction
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• Note that wr approaches zero for r → 0
A suitable application device can then be selected for radius r such that the
wetted diameter of the device, wd, is greater or equal to wr (wd ≥ wr)
The actual application rate (mm/min) at radius r at the ground using a device
with wetted diameter wd should be: r U'dReOe
ARr ≤
7.5 T w d
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• (275) The term “ReOe” is included in the above equation to account for evaporation
and wind drift losses, and pipe leakage
Note that 60/8 = 7.5 and that we are using f = 1 day
Divide by Re in the above equation to obtain AR at the nozzle
The wetting time at any radius r (assuming an elliptical pattern) along the
lateral is: ( t t )r = 4D f
π ARr (276) where Df is the total cumulative application (d Re Oe)
Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures Page 155 Merkley & Allen II. Center Pivot Nozzling Example
Given:
Ud = 8 mm/day
Pe = 0 mm/day
T = 22 hrs/day
Qs = 73.6 lps
R = 400 m
Speed = 21.6 hrs/revolution
ARx = 2.3 mm/min (allowable)
kf = 1.02
DEpa = 0.74
Re = 0.94
Oe = 0.99
Calculations:
• Calculate Ud’: U'd =
• k f (Ud − Pe )
DEpa = 1.02 ( 8 − 0 )
0.74 = 11.0 mm/day (277) Tangential speed of the pivot at distance “r” along the lateral: 2πr
t Sr = (278) where Sr is the speed in m/min; t is the minutes per fullcircle revolution; and
r is the radius from the pivot point in m
• The wetting time is, then: τ= wr
Sr (279) where τ is wetting time in minutes; and wr is the minimum wetted width in m.
• The values of wd can be selected from available boom lengths, which in this
case is 6, 8, 10, and 12 m. For less than 4m width, no boom is required.
Select wd values such that ARx is not exceeded. Merkley & Allen Page 156 Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures • Spreadsheet calculations: r
(m)
0
40
80
120
160
200
240
280
320
360
400
• q
(lps/m)
0.0000
0.0368
0.0736
0.1104
0.1472
0.1840
0.2208
0.2576
0.2944
0.3312
0.3680 wr
(m)
1.14
2.28
3.42
4.56
5.70
6.84
7.98
9.12
10.26
11.39 wd
(m) ARr
(mm/min)
3
3
6
6
6
8
8
10
10
12 0.829
1.658
1.244
1.658
2.073
1.866
2.177
1.990
2.239
2.073 tau
(s)
928
464
619
464
371
413
354
387
344
371 Qr
(lps)
73.6
72.9
70.7
67.0
61.8
55.2
47.1
37.5
26.5
14.0
0.0 Notes about the variables:
“q” is the sprinkler discharge per unit length of lateral at r
“wr” is the minimum wetted width at r
“wd” is the actual (selected) wetted width at r
“ARr” is the actual application rate at r
“wetting” is the wetting time at a given location
Qr is the flow rate in the lateral pipe at a given location • •
• Most manufacturers prefer to specify the actual nozzle sizing and spacing
along center pivots at the factory (rather than have the buyer specify these)
for reasons of liability (they have specialized computer programs which
attempt to maximize uniformity)
Therefore, the designer will generally only specify the flow rate, pressure,
and type of nozzle (spray drop, booms, impacts, etc.), and the manufacturer
will specify individual nozzle sizes
The following figure shows a center pivot with booms (the booms are greatly
exaggerated in width to show the concept) Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures Page 157 Merkley & Allen III. Sprinkler/Nozzle Configurations
• Because the required discharge per unit of lateral is linearly proportional to
the distance along the lateral, discharge rates of sprinklers (or the sprinkler
spacing) need to be varied to match this linear variation in flow rate
Various configurations of locating sprinklers along a center pivot lateral are
used • 1. Uniform Sprinkler Spacing
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• qa of nozzles increases with r
Large heads are required near the end of the lateral
A large w (due to large heads) results near the end which is good, but large
drop sizes may cause soil surface sealing and infiltration reduction
The next figure shows a center pivot lateral with uniform sprinkler spacing
and increasing w values toward the downstream end of the lateral Merkley & Allen Page 158 Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures 2. Uniform Sprinkler Size where the distance between sprinklers decreases
with r
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• Sprinkler density is higher near the downstream end of the lateral
May allow the use of small nozzles with lower pressures and less soil
sealing
The value of w is smaller, so the soil must support a higher application rate
See the following figure 3. Combination of 1 and 2
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• This is the most common configuration because it
is easier to match the required q/m of the lateral
Smaller drop size
Intermediate wetted width, w
May have uniform spacing of outlets on lateral spans, but unused outlets
are plugged (w/o any sprinkler), so pipes in each span are identical and
interchangeable Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures Page 159 Merkley & Allen Sizing Individual Nozzles:
1. Determine q for each spacing along the lateral (see Eq. 14.20a): qr = r Sr 2Qs (280) R2 where R is the maximum effective radius of the center pivot (approximately
equal to L + 0.4w); Sr is the sprinkler spacing at a distance r from the pivot
point; and r, Sr and R have the same units (m or ft)
2. Beginning at the design pressure at the end of the lateral, L (where q is
known), determine Pr: Pr = (Pa )end + ( hfr )end + ( ∆He )end−r (281) where (hfr)end is the friction loss from point r to the far (downstream) end of
the lateral. Note that (∆He)endr often averages out to zero as the pivot makes
its way around the circle, if the field slope is uniform (see the next figure).
Merkley & Allen Page 160 Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures 3. Select the best nozzle size to provide qr at a pressure of Pr
4. Return to Step 1 and repeat for the next rSr location
5. The required pressure at the pivot point is Pr = 0 no slope uniform slope centered on a hill centered on a depression
IV. Trajectory Angles of Impact Sprinklers
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• For center pivots, sprinklers with 6° to 18° trajectory angles (low angle) are
preferred because drift losses are minimized (see Table 14.3 in the textbook)
Other things being the same, wind drift and evaporation losses can be higher
with center pivots than with other types of sprinkler systems because of the
relative height of the sprinklers above the ground
But, you can use dropdown sprayers on a “gooseneck” pipe – some of
these may be only a few centimeters from the mature crop canopy V. End Guns
• The discharge for an end gun can be computed as (see Eq. 14.21): Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures Page 161 Merkley & Allen ⎛ 2Sr Q ⎛
S
L+ r
⎜ 2⎜
2
R⎝
Qg = ⎝
0.93 ⎞⎞
⎟⎟
⎠⎠ (282) where L is the lateral length; R is the effective length of the pivot (R = L + Sr);
Qg is the end gun discharge; Q is the total center pivot flow rate (includes
Qg); Sr is R  L, which equals the effective wetted radius (or 75% of the gun
radius)
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• The above equation is essentially Eq. 14.20a with r = L + Sr/2
The 0.93 factor (taken as Oe) is to account for ineffective discharge beyond
75% of the gun's wetted width, w (see page 349 of the textbook)
Also, Qg can be approximated as: ⎛
L2 ⎞
Qg ≈ Q ⎜ 1 − 2 ⎟
⎜ R⎟
⎝
⎠
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Note that you can derive this last equation by substituting R  L for Sr in the
previous equation as follows: 2 (R − L ) Q [L + 0.5 (R − L )]
0.93 R2 = 2Q L (R − L ) + Q (R − L )
0.93 R
= 2 2 (284) Q⎛
L2 ⎞
1− 2 ⎟
⎜
0.93 ⎜ R ⎟
⎝
⎠ where the only difference is the 0.93 in the denominator
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• A part circle rotation (typically about 150°) is generally used to achieve best
uniformity under the area covered by the gun sprinkler, which is beyond the
end of the lateral pipe
If the rotation of the end gun covered 180° or more, it might make it too
muddy for the wheels of the end tower – so with 150° (or so) the path in front
of the end tower stays relatively dry Merkley & Allen Page 162 Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures Booster Pump
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Qg > 0.2Q, then a booster pump in parallel or
series may be necessary
Without a booster, when the gun is turned on (at
the corner), the pressure along the lateral will
drop, and individual sprinkler flow rates will be
approximately q[Q/(Q+Qg)]
An alternative to a booster pump is to
automatically decrease the center pivot speed at the corners: Scorner =
S[Q/(Q+Qg)], where S is the speed in all places except the corners. That is,
turn the gun on in the corners without any booster pump. This can help
provide for equivalent, more nearly uniform application in all parts of the field
(friction losses will be greater when the gun is operating; therefore, uniformity
will not be perfect)
If the end gun requires higher pressure than the nozzles along the center
pivot lateral, then an electricmotordriven booster pump may be mounted on
the last tower, upstream of the end gun. This pump will increase the
pressure to the end gun only. All other nozzles will be operated at lower
pressure. Center Pivot Hydraulic Analysis
I. Center Pivot Hydraulics
• The total discharge in the lateral pipe (not the flow rate from sprinklers at r) at
any point r is approximately: ⎛
r2 ⎞
Qr = Qs ⎜ 1 − 2 ⎟
⎜ R⎟
⎝
⎠ (285) where Qs is total system capacity (possibly including an end gun); r is
measured radially from the pivot point; and R includes Sr
Friction Loss
(1) For a center pivot without an end gun:
1.852 ⎛Q⎞
hf = khFpL ⎜ ⎟
⎝C⎠
Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures D−4.87 (286) Page 163 Merkley & Allen where kh is 10.50 for hf and L in ft, Q in gpm, and D in inches; kh is
16.42(10)4 for hf and L in m, Q in lps, and D in cm
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• Fp is the multiple outlet friction factor for a center pivot (see Fig. 14.12)
Fp = 0.555 for a center pivot with a “large” number of outlets and no end gun
when using the HazenWilliams equation.
Other sources suggest using Fp = 0.543
The value of C is about 130 for galvanized steel, or 145 for epoxycoated
steel (2) For a center pivot with an end gun:
Compute friction loss as though the center pivot were R m long rather than L,
and then subtract the nonexistent friction past the point L, where R is the
effective (wetted) radius and L is the physical length of the lateral pipe.
A traditional way to consider the effects of an end gun on friction loss is:
1.852 ⎛Q⎞
hf = khFpR ⎜ ⎟
⎝C⎠ D −4.87 1.852 ⎛ Qg ⎞
− khFg (R − L ) ⎜
⎟
⎝C⎠ D−4.87
(287) where Q is the total flow rate of the pivot plus the end gun; and Qg is the flow
rate of the end gun
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Base this on the bottom of page 355 of the textbook, where the number of
outlets is (R  L)/Se, where Se is the sprinkler spacing on the last
(downstream) span
This Fg value will be conservative (it will underestimate the imaginary friction
loss, therefore, will overestimate the total friction in the pivot lateral), because
Fg will be greater than that stated
Note that, near the end gun, the change in Q with distance is small; therefore,
the value of Fg will usually be near unity
A different method for calculating friction loss is suggested in the textbook
(Eq. 14.26a)
This may be a better method than that given above Dual Pipe Sizes
• A center pivot may be assembled with dual pipe sizes (8 and 6inch pipe, or
8 and 6 5/8inch, for example) Merkley & Allen Page 164 Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures •
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• One requirement to note is that the tower spacing must be closer for the 8inch pipe due to the added weight of water in the 8inch pipe, and traction
problems from towers which are too heavy and sink into the soil
Therefore, balance the savings in hf with added cost for the system
Tower spacing is often 100 ft (30 m) for 8inch pipe, and 150 ft (45 m) for 6inch pipe
Weight per tower = Wt of tower + Wt of 1 span (steel) + Wt of water in the
span Pressure Balance Equation Hl = Ha + hf + ∆He + Hr + Hmin or (288) where Hl is the pressure head required at ground level, at the pivot point; Ha is
the pressure head requirement of the last nozzle (or end gun); hf is the total
friction loss along the pivot lateral; ∆He is the elevation increase between the
pivot point and lateral end; Hr is the height of the lateral pipe less the vertical
length of any drop tubes; and Hminor is the sum of all minor losses along the
lateral
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• Ha is, then, the pressure head requirement of the last nozzle
If end guns require higher pressure than the nozzles along the lateral, then
an electric booster pump can be installed at the last tower on the pivot
See Chapter 14 of the textbook for the hydraulic effect of turning end guns or
corner systems on and off, and for additional elevation effects II. An Alternative Method for Determining Hf and Hl
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• An alternative method to compute the exact value of Hl is to start at the pivot
end and progress toward the pivot, adding friction losses
This is a "stepwise" computational procedure, and is generally more accurate
than using the JFpL equations
Friction loss, hf, in pipe segments between nozzles on the pivot can be
computed using the HazenWilliams or DarcyWeisbach equations with Fp =1
In this case, include ∆He if Hend is the minimum pressure head at the highest
elevation position of the lateral
n ( ) Hl = Hend + ∑ ⎡ hfi + ∆Hei + Hr + Hmin or ⎤
⎣
⎦
i=0 (289) where Hend is the desired nozzle pressure head at the pivot end; i is the outlet
number along the lateral (i = 0 at the end, and i = n at the pivot point); n is
the number of outlets (sprinklers) on the lateral; ∆Hei is the elevation
Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures Page 165 Merkley & Allen difference between two adjacent points (i and i+1) along the lateral; and hfi is
the friction loss between outlet i and i+1, where i+1 is upstream of i. This last
term is defined as: hfi = Ji ∆Li
100 (290) where,
12 ⎛ Qi 1.852 ⎞
Ji = 1.21(10) ⎜ ⎟
⎝C⎠ Di−4.87 (291) with Qi in lps and Di in mm
and,
i Qi = ∑ q j (292) j= 0 in which j is the outlet number (j = 0 at the downstream end of the lateral);
and qj is a function of hj and Kd
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Therefore, actual computed hj values should be used with the selected
nominal nozzle size (or FCN size), where hj is the pressure head at outlet j
The desired qj is: ⎛ 2Q ⎞
⎛ 2Q ⎞
q j = rjSrj ⎜ 2 ⎟ = rj∆Li ⎜ 2 ⎟
⎝R ⎠
⎝R ⎠ (293) where ∆Li is the distance between outlet i and outlet i+1.
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∆Li is variable for variable spacing, constant nozzle size Point of “Average” Elevation
The point of “average” elevation along a lateral may be determined by weighting
elevations according to areas as (Allen 1991):
L 2π Hew = ∫∫ r (He ) r,α r =0 α
Merkley & Allen Page 166 2πL2 dr dα (294) Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures where r is a weighting term; and (He)r,α is the elevation at radius r and pivot
rotation angle α.
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Note that on uniform slopes, the weighted elevation, Hew, equals (He)pivot
Note also that you probably won’t have data for elevations in polar
coordinates, so this equation may be rather “academic”
See the textbook for additional equations which consider elevation effects Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures Page 167 Merkley & Allen Merkley & Allen Page 168 Sprinkle & Trickle Irrigation Lectures ...
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