A ‘universal design framework’ for installation planning and operational management of evaporation-suppressing films on agricultural reservoirs

Brink, Gavin and Wandel, Andrew P. and Pittaway, Pam and Hancock, Nigel and Pather, Selvan (2010) A ‘universal design framework’ for installation planning and operational management of evaporation-suppressing films on agricultural reservoirs. In: International Conference on Agricultural Engineering: Towards Environmental Technologies, 6-8 September 2010, Clermont-Ferrand, France.

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In Australia, the efficient use of stored agricultural water is critical as the population pressure and the variability in annual rainfall increase. One technique for reducing evaporation from larger open water reservoirs (>10ha) is the use of a monomolecular film. Highly variable performance attributed to the deleterious effects of wind and wave action discouraged adoption of the technology in the past. However, recent research has identified other contributing factors. In order to improve field performance and confidence in monolayers, a Universal Design Framework (UDF) has been developed. The UDF informs the selection of monolayer material and applicator system design for any given site; and informs and enables the automation of, day-to-day operational management. Also, the UDF can accommodate the wide range of environmental and operational factors encountered in the management of agricultural reservoirs, to calculate an optimal application system design and application strategy.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: Mr Gavin Brink
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2010 04:52
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2011 04:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: evaporation-suppression; agricultural water management; monolayer; microlayer
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 079901 Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.)
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090509 Water Resources Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8988

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