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Performance of models to determine flow rate using orifice plates

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Nicolas D. Cano ; Antonio P. de Camargo ; Gustavo L. Muniz ; Jonesmar de Oliveira ; José G. Dalfré Filho ; José A. Frizzone
Total Authors: 6
Document type: Journal article
Source: Revista Brasileira de Engenharia Agrícola e Ambiental; v. 25, n. 1, p. 10-16, Jan. 2021.
Web of Science Citations: 0

ABSTRACT This study aimed to evaluate three methodologies for orifice-plate water-flow estimation by quantifying errors in the flow determinations to propose an appropriate measurement range for each evaluated condition. Two orifice-plate models (nominal diameters of 100 and 150 mm) with 50% restriction in the flow section were evaluated. In the theoretical equations, the discharge coefficient was obtained using the Reader-Harris/Gallagher equation (Method 1) and approximated from experimental data using the angular coefficient of a zero-intercept straight line (Method 2). The recommended measurement ranges for errors that were lower than 5% for the 100 and 150 mm plates were 30 to 65 m3 h-1 and 70 to 130 m3 h-1 using the theoretical equation and 20 to 65 m3 h-1 and 40 to 130 m3 h-1 using the empirical equation, respectively. The Reader-Harris/Gallagher equation (Method 1) adequately estimated the discharge coefficient of the orifice plates; however, the use of empirical equations (Method 3) demonstrated smaller measurement errors and greater rangeability of the evaluated flow meters. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 18/20099-5 - Clogging processes of irrigation drippers due to interactions of calcium carbonate and solid particles
Grantee:Antonio Pires de Camargo
Support type: Regular Research Grants