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Title: McMillan Pumping Station, Washington, D.C. : hydraulic model investigation
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Baltimore District
Triplett, Glenn R.
Keywords: Baffles
Pump intakes
Flow distribution
Pumping stations
Hydraulic models
McMillan Pumping Station
Washington (D.C.)
Hydraulic structures
Publisher: Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; HL-80-19.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: This model study was conducted to evaluate the characteristics of inflow conditions into an existing pump sump that would result with increased discharge capacity due to installation of the three proposed pumps and to develop modifications, if needed, within the confines of the present sump to improve flow distribution to the pump intakes. The operation of the 1:9.6-scale model of the original design sump indicated vortexing, turbulence, and severe rotational flow conditions (swirl) caused by uneven flow distribution in the proximity of the pump intakes. Improved inflow distribution to the pump intakes was obtained by installing baffles to divert the concentrated inflow away from the pump intakes. Stilling well type baffles, the most effective modification, diverted concentrated inflow upward and away from the pump intake, dissipated some of the excessive kinetic energy of inflow, and essentially eliminated adverse effects of secondary crossflow. Determining the appropriate bell distance from the sump floor also contributed to improve flow distribution to the pump intakes. With the modifications developed, flow conditions were improved, vortices were eliminated, and swirl and pressure fluctuations were reduced substantially. Results were satisfactory for all anticipated water-surface elevations and combinations of pumps operating.
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