COMPUTER-BASED DESIGN SYSTEM FOR SLURRY PIPELINES

With improved understanding of solid-liquid flow mechanics and successful experience with constructed facilities, the slurry pipeline is increasingly recognized as a competitive mineral transport method. This paper describes the implementation and application of a computer-based system as a practical planning and design tool for this mode of transport. Details of the computer design system are discussed with particular attention being given to its capabilities of systematically and rigorously analyzing various alternative designs, which result in the development of a more desirable installation. As presently implemented, the computer program provides information concerning pipeline hydraulics characteristics, pipe selection, power requirements, pump station siting, quantity estimation, selected code verification, graphical reports, and other essential data. Typical results derived from a feasibility study of a potash pipeline project are presented to demonstrate salient features of the system. The computer program presented herein establishes a basic framework which may be advanced further to simplify and organize current developments in hydraulic transport into an efficient system pertinent to the solution of multidisciplinary design problems.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 1-17
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 2

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00084547
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Section G Proc Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 19 1975 12:00AM