Irrigation Systems Design

By Asher Azenkot M.Sc.
Ministry of Agriculture Extension Service Field Service

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Table of content
Water Flow in a Pipe................................................................................................................ 3 Hydrostatic ............................................................................................................................. 10 Pressure Head......................................................................................................................... 13 Total Head.............................................................................................................................. 14 Energy Head Loss in a Pipe (friction).................................................................................... 16 Local Head Loss..................................................................................................................... 25 Lateral Pipe ............................................................................................................................ 26 Characteristics of a Lateral Pipe ............................................................................................ 27 Calculating the Head Loss Along lateral Pipe ....................................................................... 29 A Lateral Inlet Pressure.......................................................................................................... 32 A Lateral Laid out on a Slope ................................................................................................ 33 "The 20% Rule" ..................................................................................................................... 35 Three Alternatives in Designing the Irrigation System ......................................................... 38 Design of a Manifold ............................................................................................................. 47 Distribution of pressure head and water in a subplot............................................................. 47 Design of Irrigation System ................................................................................................... 50

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Introduction
The layout of pressure irrigation systems depends mainly on the type of the crop, its value, rotation, soil texture, weather, and cost of the selected system (the cost of an alternative layout or technology is also taken in account). As a result, there isn’t any simple “menu” that anyone can follow. It is especially difficult with the selection of a proper irrigation technology for use. Countries with different climates may use different irrigation technology and layout for the same crop. While the hydraulic principles for selecting proper pipes are common to any type of irrigation system anywhere. This publication deals only with practical methods for designing of any pressure irrigation system.

Water Flow in a Pipe
Commercial pipes, which are in used in a pressure irrigation system, are made of different materials. Lately, plastic pipes have become very popular in agriculture. However, there isn’t an agreement between countries with regard to the term which is used to indicate the diameter of the pipe, either mm or inch. ⇒ The diameter of a commercial pipe is usually defined by: ◊ Inche – which indicates the internal diameter, and sometimes the external. ◊ mm - which indicates the external diameter.

D

The cross-section area of a pipe is calculated by:

A=π ⊗ R =

2

π ⊗ (2 R) 2
4

=

π ⊗ D2
4

A = internal cross section area D = internal diameter of a pipe. R = internal radius of a pipe.

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Example:
What is the internal cross section area of a PVC pipe, if the external diameter of the pipe is 200 mm and the thickness of the pipe wall is 2.4 cm.

Answer:
D (Internal) = 20 cm - (2 x 2.4) = 15.2 cm The internal cross section area of the pipe is as follows:

A=

π ⊗ 15.22
4

= 18136cm2 .

Velocity of water flow
The velocity of water flow in a pipe is as follows:

V=

L t

L (distance) = the distance of the water flow is expressed by meter or cm t (time) = the time is expressed by hour or second The recommended range for water velocity in a commercial pipe is 0.6 – 2.5 m/sec. However, every type of pipe has a specific recommended velocity range.

Water flow rate
The water flow rate in a pipe is as follows:

A

V
Q=AxV

Q = Water flow rate (m3/h or cm3/sec). A = Cross section area of a pipe (m2 or cm2). V = Water flow velocity (m/h or cm/sec). 4

To convert the flow rate units from cm3/sec to m3/h or vice versa is as follows:

Q(m3 / h) ⊗ 106 Q(cm / sec) = 3,600
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Q(m3 / h) =

Q( cm3 / sec) ⊗ 3,600 106

The water flow rate in a continuous pipe is constant throughout the pipe regardless of any diameter change. Q = A1 x V1 = A2 x V2 = A3 x V3 = Const.

Therefore, the change in water flow velocity is as follows:
2 2 V1 A (π ⊗ D2 ) + 4 D2 = 2 = = 2 2 V2 A1 (π ⊗ D1 ) + 4 D1

Example:
What is the water flow velocity? Assuming that the water flow rate in an 8" (20 cm) pipe is 100 m3/h?

Answer:
To find out the water flow velocity in a cm3/sec unit is as follows: a. The water flow rate is converted from a meter (m3/h) to centimeter (cm3/sec) units. Q= 100(m 3 / h) ⊗ 10 6 = 27,780m 3 / sec 3,600

b. The cross section area of the pipe is as follows: D = 8" x 2.5 = 20 cm

A=

π ⊗ D2
4

=

π ⊗ 20 2
4

= 314.2cm 2

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The pipe cross section area is A = π ⊗ 0.000cm 3 / sec 3.2 A To find out the water flow velocity in a meter (m3/h) unit is as follows: a.000 = = 1.780 = = 88.7m / h ⇒ = 0. The pipe diameter is: D = 8" x 2.0314 m 2 4 c.2 m 2 b.2 = 0. The pipe cross-section area is as follows: A= Q 100.c. The water flow velocity is as follows: V = Q 100 3184.88m / sec A 0.7 = = 3184. Answer: a. The water flow velocity is as follows: Q = A ⊗V ⇒ V = Q 27.600 Example: What is the diameter of a commercial pipe? Assuming that the water flow rate is 360 m3/h (1587 GPM) and the allowed water velocity is up to 1 m/sec.600 b. The water flow velocity is converted from meter to centimeter units as follows: 1 m/sec = 100 cm/sec c. The water flow rate is converted from meter to centimeter units as follows: 360 ⊗ 10 6 Q= = 100.5 = 20 cm ⇒ 0.0314 3.000cm 2 V 100 6 .4cm / sec 314.

What will be the water flow velocity.000 π Since commercial pipes are available in specific sizes. The internal pipe diameter is as follows: π ⊗ D2 4 A 4⊗ A A= ⇒ D2 = = 2⊗ π π = 35.8" 2.800 = = 354cm / sec ⇒ 354m / sec .800 ⊗ 3.800cm 3 / sec 27.5 ⊗ 202 = 2 ⇒ V2 = 1 2 1 = = 354cm / sec ⇒ 354m / sec .7cm ⇒ 35. if the diameter of the pipe is reduced by half? Answer: The cross-section area of the two pipes is as follows: A1 = π ⊗ 20 2 4 π ⊗ 10 2 A2 = = 78.5 ⊗ 314 = 27. The water flow rate is as follows: Q = A1 ⊗ V1 = 88. The water flow velocity in a 4" (10 cm) pipe is as follows: = 314cm 2 Q = A2 ⊗ V2 ⇒ V2 = or Q 27.600 Q= = 100m 3 / h 6 10 The water flow rate is 100 m3/h (440 GPM) b. therefore a 16" pipe is selected. What is the water flow rate? b. Example: If the water flow velocity in an 8" (20 cm) pipe is 88.7 = 14. 7 . then: a.54 m/sec. V1 D2 D2 102 The flow velocity in 4" (10 cm) pipe is 3. A2 78.d.5 cm/sec.5cm 2 4 a.5 D = 2⊗ 1.5 2 V2 D1 V ⊗ D2 88.

600 = 101.7m 3 / h ⇒ (374GPM ) 6 10 8 .100 ⊗ 3.6cm 2 The water flow rates between A to B and B to C are as follows: Q1 = A1 ⊗ V1 = 314 ⊗ 150 = 47.260cm3 / sec Q1 = 28.100cm 3 / sec Q1 = 47. and a 2" (5 cm) pipe was hooked up in between (B). Answer: The cross section areas of an 8" (20 cm) and a 2" (5 cm) pipe are as follows: A1 = π ⊗ 20 2 4 = 314cm 2 A2 = π ⊗ 52 4 = 19.600 = 169. A B (5cm) V C What is the water flow rate and velocity out of B? If the water flow velocity between A to B is 1.5m 3 / h ⇒ (623GPM ) 10 6 AB - BC - Q2 = A1 ⊗ V1 = 314 ⊗ 90 = 28.300 ⊗ 3.Example: An 8" (20 cm) pipe was installed from A to C.9 m/sec.5 m/sec and from B to C is 0.

813 4.100 Q m3/h 339 530 764 1.82m 3 / h ⇒ (248GPM ) 6 10 The water flow velocity out of B is as follows: Q3 = A2 ⊗ V ⇒ V = Q3 18.6m / sec A2 19.The water flow rate out of B is as follows: Q3 = 47.6 Example: What is the maximum water flow rate in an 8" (20 cm).040 1.943 2.300 212 100 288.260 = 18.600 = 67. 14" (30 cm).840 = = 961.600 377. 12" (25 cm). assuming that the maximum recommended water flow velocity for an asbestos cement pipe is 3 m/sec? Answer: D inch 20 25 30 35 40 A cm2 314 491 707 962 1 257 V cm/sec Q cm3/sec 94.200 147.358 GPM 1.28.840 cm3/sec Q3 = 18. 16" (35 cm) and 18" (40 cm) asbestos cement pipe.840 ⊗ 3.2cm / sec = 9.801 3.979 300 300 300 300 300 9 .243 1.100 .

Hydrostatic The pressure of liquid on the internal pipe surface area is always perpendicular to the surface. which is defined as follows: P= P . What is the force on each of the bolts when the valve is closed. P Pressure: The force of liquid on a surface area is the pressure.cm2 (or sq.8 = 7068kg A 7068 = 589.8cm 2 The valve cross-section area is: P= F ⇒ F = P ⊗ A = 10 ⊗ 706. and the upstream water pressure is 10 atmosphere? Answer: A= π ⊗ 30 2 4 = 706.04kg 12 f = The force on each of the bolts is 589.kg (or lb) F A A .bar (or psi) F . inch) Example: A 12" (30 cm) valve is attached to a pipe with twelve flange bolts.04 kg. 10 .

and the surface areas of different parts of the valve are as follows: diaphragm = 300 cm2. Answer: The valve diagram and the forces are as follows: Diaphragm 6at. seal and shaft) is 20 kg.Example: A diaphragm valve can be used also as a pressure regulator.5) x 6 = 1770 kg The total forces to keep the valve open is as follows: F1 + F2 = 800 + 1770 = 2570 kg The forces to shut off the valve are as follows: W = 20 kg F3 = A x P = (80 . The weight of the closing system (diaphragm. In such case what will be the required pressure on the upper side of the diaphragm valve (see diagram). when the upstream pressure is 10 atmosphere and down stream is 6 atmosphere.5) x 6 = 450 kg F4 = ? 11 . seal disk = 80 cm2 and the shaft = 5 cm2. 10 at F4 W F3 F2 F1 The opening forces to keep the valve open are as follows: F1 = The upstream force on the closing disk is as follows: F1 = A x P = 80 x 10 = 800 kg F2 = The force to move the diaphragm upward is as follows: F2 = A x P = (300 .

000 ml ⇒ 1 kg The pressure at the bottom of this column is as follows: P= F 1kg = = 1at.W = 800 + 1770 .20 = 2100 kg The pressure on the upper side of the diaphragm is as follows: P= F 2.F3 .000 cm x 1 cm2 = 1. the required force on the upper side of the diaphragm is as follows: F4 = F1 + F2 .The total forces on both sides are equal: F4 + F3 + W = F1 + F2 Therefore. A 1cm 2 12 .100 = = 7atmosphere A 300 Example: What is the pressure at the bottom of 10-meter water tank? 10 m The volume of a ten-meter column over one square cm is as follows: V = 1.450 .

000cm ⇒ 10m 0.001 kg/cm3 p 1 = 1.Pressure Head Water pressure can also be defined in meters rather than atmosphere or psi as follows: H= P γ H = pressure head (meters) P = atmosphere γ = specific weight (kg/cm3) Example: What is the pressure head of one atmosphere? Answer: P = 1 atmosphere γ = for water ⇒ 0.001 H= γ = 1 atmosphere = 10 m of pressure head 13 .

20 m (A) = 17 m 10 at.001 = 8. pressure. V2 = The water velocity head (m or cm). The water is delivered at 10-atmosphere pressure.700) ⊗ 0. Example: Assuming water is pumped out of a river at 20 meters above sea level (A) to a field at (B) 37 meters above sea level.Total Head The total head of water anywhere along the pipe depends on the difference of elevation. ⇒ 10 at x 10 = 100 m (head) 100 m – 17 m = 83 m ⇒ 8. P2 = ? Assuming that the diameter of the pipe is the same. and water velocity.000 + 10 − 3.3 atmosphere Example: 14 . P γ = The pressure head of the water (m or cm).001 or 37 m (B) . What is the water pressure at the head of the field (B)? Answer: At a point A: At a point B: Z1 = 20 m (2. P1 = 10 at Z2 = 37 m.300cm ⇒ 8.3atmosphere 0.000 cm). therefore: V1 = V2 Z1 + P1 γ = Z2 + P1 P2 γ P2 = ( Z 1 + γ − Z 2 ) ⊗ γ = (2. Z1 + P1 + V12 P V2 = Z2 + 2 + 2 2g γ 2g γ Z = The relative elevation of the water (m or cm). 2g ◊ The total head is equal throughout the water body (Bernuli rule).

⊗ 100 = 12m ⇒ 012atm 100 .600 = 312m ⇒ 312atm 100 . . .000 = 60. H AD = ⊗ 2.000 meters The static pressure of water is equal to the difference elevation along the pipe. D.0m ⇒ 6. 12 . 12 H AE = ⊗ 5. 12 .000-meter long pipe was installed from a cistern (A) down the hill (1.A 5. 12 . What is the pressure of water (static) at points B.300 meters AD = 2. . H Ac = ⊗ 1.600 meters AE = 5.2% slope). and E? In case of: AB = 100 meters AC = 1.6m ⇒ 156atm 100 . C.0atm 100 H AB = 15 .300 = 15.

87 .16 ⊗ 107 ( )1.000 L J% = ⇒ The head loss due to friction is calculated by Hazen-Williams equation: Q J = 1131 ⊗ 1012 ( )1.852 C J = head loss is expressed by ‰.150). D = diameter of a pipe is expressed by mm. ∆H ⊗ 100 L ∆H J‰ = ⊗ 1. C = (Hazen-Williams coefficient) smoothness of the internal pipe.852 ⊗ D −1. Type Plastic Cement asbestos Aluminum Aluminum Galvanized steel Steel Steel Lead Copper Internal cement covered with 140 .Energy Head Loss in a Pipe (friction) The energy loss (or head loss) in pipes due to water flow (friction) is proportional to the pipe’s length.852 ⊗ D −4. Q = flow rate is expressed by m3/h. (the range for a commercial pipe is 100 . C or V J = 2. Table: C coeficient for different type of pipe.150 16 new 15 years old with coupler every 9 m with coupler every 12 m Condition C 150 140 130 140 130 130 100 140 130 . J= ∆H L J = The head loss in a pipe is usually expressed by either % or ‰ (part per thousand). V = flow velocity m/sec.

83 J % = 9. For larger plastic pipes where the diameter is wider than 125 mm (5 in.). such tedious work using the Hazen-Williams equation to calculate the friction head loss is not so practical.000 32.53m 1. While Darcy-Weisbach equation estimates better the head loss for such pipes.264 ft. however it is not so accurate as precise calculation.83 6 J = head loss is expressed by % Q = m3/h D = inside pipe diameter.000 ⇒ ∆H = 1.8 ‰.38 ⊗ 106 Q1. For a smaller pipe or smooth-walled pipe (such as a plastic pipe) Hazen-Williams equation with a C value of 150 underestimates the friction head losses. mm. C = 130 is (from a slide ruler or diagram): for 8" – 8. Example: What is the total head loss due to a friction in case of water flow rate of 140 m3/h (617 GPM) and C = 130 which flows through two sections of pipes? First section of an 8” (20 cm) pipe is 1.300 meters long (4.) in diameter is as follows: J % = 8.000 J= 17 . The Hazen-Williams equation was developed for pipes larger than 75 mm in diameter.As every one can guess.148 ft).19 ⊗ 10 D 4.5m 1. ∆H J ⊗L ⊗ 1.75 D 4.1 ⊗ 1.). and second section of 6” pipe (15 cm) is 350 meters long (1. Answer The hydraulic gradient as a result of friction head loss in the case of Q = 140 m3/h.8 ⊗ 350 ∆H 6" = = 11. Monograph is more practical and common (see appendix).1 ‰ and for 6" – 32.000 L 8. the friction head loss gradient can be found out by: Q1. unless a computer is used or A slide ruler or monograph based on the Hazen-Williams principle.75 J = head loss is expressed by % Q = m3/h D = inside pipe diameter. mm.300 ∆H 8" = = 10. The equation in used to evaluate the head loss gradient in a plastic pipe less than 125 mm (5 in.

the head loss due to friction along 750-meter pipe is as follows: Z = 125 m P = 4 at.4 ‰. What is the minimum pressure requirement by the pump? Answer: The hydraulic gradient due to friction for Q = 250 m3/h.) and 750 meters away.The total head loss is as follows: ∆H = ∆H 8" + ∆H 6" = 10.5 = 22.0m Example: A pump is located at elevation of 94 meters (308 ft. monograph. The water is delivered out of the pump from a river to a banana field at elevation of 125 meters (410 ft. The gradient is J = 7. Therefore. The two sites are connected by a 10” pipe (C = 130).5 + 11.100 GPM) at 4 atmospheres (57 psi) pressure. 10” pipe and C = 130. The water requirement is 250 m3/h (1. 750 m D = 10” Z = 94 m Q = 250 m3/h 18 . a slide ruler or by Hazen-Williams equation. can be calculated either by using a table.).

000 + 550 − 9.400 + 1 = 12.5 = 36.6.001 = 7.94 = 31m The total head loss due to difference in elevation and friction is as follows: 31 + 5.000 1.001 2 g P 4 9.5 m ⇒ 7. friction and pressure: The difference in elevation between the pump and the field is as follows: 125 .5 m The pump pressure requirement is as follows: P = 36.5 + 40 = 76.500 + + 550 0.5m ⊗ 1.001 2 g 0.001 0.4 ⊗ 750 = 5.5 at 19 .000 L The water pressure requirement is as follows: P1 V2 P V2 + 1 = Z 2 + 2 + 2 + ∆H 0.001 P1 = (12.500 + 4.400) ⊗ 0.J= ∆H J ⊗ L 7.65at Z1 + It is also possible to calculate the pressure requirement by taking into account separately the difference in elevation.000 ⇒ ∆H = 1.

What are the pressures at points B and C? Answer: For A-B section The head loss due to friction for a 10” pipe (C = 130) and Q = 300 m3/h can be calculated by a table.000 The difference elevation between A to B is: 172 .1 -24 = 25. The head loss due to friction for a 900 meters long pipe is as follows: J = J ⊗ L 11 .59 at 20 .000 ⇒ ∆ H = = = 10 . a slide ruler or by Hazen-Williams equation.2 ⊗ 900 ∆H ⊗ 1.Example: The layout of an irrigation system is as follows: B (Z=196m) L=200m L=900 m A D=10” D=6” C (Z=180m) Pump Q= 300 m3/h Z = 172 m The pump delivers 300 m3/h (1322 GPM) at 6-atmosphere pressure.196 = -24 m Therefore the water pressure at point B is: 60 – 10.2 ‰.1m L 1.000 1.9 m ⇒ 2. The water flow rate out of B is 200 m3/h (882 GPM). which is J = 11.

A 0.001 The head loss due to velocity is as follows: A10" = π ⊗ 0.001 2 g 0.180 = 16 m Therefore the water pressure at point C is as follows: 26.0176 ⊗ 3.6 ‰. V 2 1572 = = 0126m .4 m ⇒ 3.5 = 38. monograph. π ⊗ 0152 4 = 0.3. a slide ruler or by Hazen-Williams equation. 2g 2g A6" = .049 ⊗ 3.049m2 300 Q = = 17m / sec . V 2 172 = = 0147m .600 Q = A10" ⊗ V ⇒ V = .000 1.For B-C section The head loss due to friction for a 6” pipe (C = 130) and Q = 100 m3/h. A 0.0176m2 100 Q = = 157m / sec .5m L 1. 2g 2g 21 .84 atmosphere Or for B to C section is as follows: PB Vb2 Pc Vc2 ZB + + = Zc + + + ∆H 0.001 0.1 +16 .6 ⊗ 200 ⊗ 1.000 ⇒ ∆H = = 3.600 Q = A6" ⊗ V ⇒ V = .000 The elevation difference between B to C is: 196 . which is J = 17. can be calculated by a table. The actual head loss due to friction for a 200 meters long pipe is as follows: J= ∆H J ⊗ L 17.252 4 = 0.

001 2.0021 atmosphere. and from there to another cistern (C) 2200 meters (7. What is the water flow rate? Answer C A B (booster) Z=0m The water pressure at A and C points is 0 (an open tank).216 ft.6 19.6 Pc = (19.001 P 2.147 .) away at elevation of 180 meters (590 ft. therefore: P PB = Z c + c + ∆H 0.600 + = 18. which can be ignored.000 + c + 350 0. The water pressure just before the booster is as follows: Z A = Z B + H B1 + ∆h AB 30 = 0 + H B1 + ∆h AB H B1 = 30 − ∆h AB 22 .001 ZB + Example: A 300 meters (984 ft.001 0.The difference head velocity is: 0.85atmosphere 0.) to a booster (B) at sea level.0.001 0.000 − 350) ⊗ 0.).001 = 3.) long 10” pipe (C = 130) connects a cistern (A) at an elevation of 30 meters (98 ft.126 = 0.021 m ⇒ 0. The booster pump generates 17 atmospheres pressure.600 + − 18.

150 = 20 meters 23 .000 = ⊗ 1. Or The elevation difference between C and A is as follows: 30 . monograph. a slide ruler or by HazenWilliams equation based on J = 8 ‰ and D = 10": which is 250 m3/h.000 = 8‰ L 2.500 The water flow rate can be calculated by a table.180 = -150 meters The pump pressure is: +170 meters The head difference (between A to C) is as follows: 170 .The pressure just after the booster pump is as follows: H B 2 = 30 − ∆hAB + 170 H B 2 = 200 − ∆hAB For B-C section Z B + H B 2 = Z c + H C + ∆hBC 0 + (200 − ∆hAB ) = 180 + 0 + ∆hBC ∆hBC + ∆hAB = 200 − 180 = 20 The total pipe length is as follows: 300 + 2200 = 2500 meters The head loss due to friction is as follows: J= ∆h 20 ⊗ 1.

Therefore.131 ⊗ 10 ⊗ 254 130 8 130 ⊗ ( ) (1/1. a slide ruler or by Hazen-Williams equation based on J = 8 ‰ D = 10" as follows: Q J = 1.43 m3/h.87 12 1.131 ⊗ 10 ⊗ 254 Q = 259. 24 .500 The water flow rate can be calculated by a table.000 = 8‰ L 2.87 130 Q 1.852 8 =( ) − 4.852 8 = 1.131 ⊗ 1012 ( ) ⊗ 254 − 4.131 ⊗ 1012 ( )1.43m 3h −1 The flow rate is 259.87 C Q 1. the hydraulic gradient is as follows: J= ∆h 20 ⊗ 1.852 ⊗ D − 4.87 12 1.000 = ⊗ 1.852) = Q − 4.

02 0.38 2.75 9.39 0.03 0.38 2. The local head loss is calculated as follows: ∆h = K ⊗ V2 2g K is a constant and it’s value depends on the way the equipment is made of (see catalogue). What is the total head loss due to the valve and the pipe when the water flow rate is = 100.78 400 1.46 400 1.55 8. 200 and 400 m3/h? Answer: A12 = π ⊗ 0.75 10.4 2. This disturbance in water flow happens anywhere equipment is attached to the system.13 0.31 7 8.250 meters long pipe (12” and C = 130). such as a valve.5 0.72 200 0.2 25 .78 0.62 0.07m 2 Q (m3/h) Velocity (m/sec) V2/2g Local head loss (m) J ‰ (12" pipe) Head loss in pipe (m) Total head loss (m) 100 0.Local Head Loss The local head loss due to a local disturbance in water flow is proportional to the head velocity.57 0.62 0.08 1.32 4 = 0.06 If an 8" valve is replaced the 12" valve.01 0. filter. m Head loss (12” Pipe). and pressure regulator and also in elbow and connection junction. m Total head loss (m) 100 0.64 200 0. Example: A 12" valve (K = 2.9 2. what will be the new total head loss? Q (m3/h) Local head loss (8").1 0.5) is installed in 1.

0.352 0.41 0.54 0. The calculation of the head loss is done in two steps as follows: c.Lateral Pipe Usually a lateral pipe is made of aluminum or plastic.369 0. d.338 0.37 0.356 Aluminum lateral F2 F3 0.343 0. The head loss is calculated by assuming the pipe is plain (no outlets).393 0. and has multiple outlets with even sections.373 0.337 0.381 0.347 0.376 0.321 0. The flow rate starts at Qu (m3/h) at the upstream end and ends up with a q1 (m3/h) downstream (equal to the discharge of a single sprinkler or emitter).371 0.36 0.355 0.396 0.361 0. A lateral pipe is characterized by a continuous decline in water discharge along the pipe.367 0.357 0.371 0.352 0.349 1.362 0. F3 to be used when the distance from the lateral inlet to the first outlet is Sl/2 meters.385 0.457 0.368 0. A table of F coefficient for plastic and aluminum lateral pipes is as follows: Plastic lateral n 2 3 4 5 10 12 15 20 25 30 40 50 100 F1 F2 F3 F1 0.469 0.345 0. The outcome is multiplied by the coefficient F. The value of coefficient F depends on the number of outlets. 3.355 0.366 0.44 0.398 0.357 0. along the lateral pipe.348 0.64 0.415 0.358 0.346 0.402 0.384 0. 2. 26 . F2 to be used when the first outlet is just by the lateral inlet.341 0.377 0.358 0.41 0. n.374 0.384 0.52 0.361 0.376 0.359 0.336 0.35 0.368 0.389 0. F1 to be used when the distance from the lateral inlet to the first outlet is sl meters.363 0.354 0.381 0.371 0.36 0.363 0.367 0. and the location of the first outlet.49 0.406 0.

5 Pres Red 100 96 93 90 88 86 85 84 83 82 82 81 81 81 % of reduction 0 20 37 52 64 75 81 88 93 96 99 100 100 100 % of length 0 8 15 23 31 38 46 54 62 69 77 85 92 100 Plain line 100 96 92 88 84 80 76 72 68 64 60 56 52 48 pressure (m) Pres Red % of reduction Plain line 27 .6 32. fig.4 33 32.8 32.1 35. The sprinkler flow rate along the lateral pipe declines faster along the first 40% of the length than after. 120 120 100 Sprinkler pressure m 100 80 60 40 20 0 12 24 36 48 60 72 84 96 108 120 132 144 156 % of head loss 80 60 40 20 0 pressure (m) 40 38. fig 2.5 32. ⇒ • ⇒ Fig.2 34.5 37. Three quarters of the lateral head loss takes place along the first two fifth sections (40%).2 36. fig 1.4 33. The location of the sprinkler (or emitter) with the average pressure and flow rate is 40% away from the lateral’s inlet.5 32. 1.9 33.Characteristics of a Lateral Pipe ⇒ The sprinkler pressure along the lateral pipe declines faster along the first 40% of the length than afterwards. 1: The pressure reduction along 3" lateral pipe (156 m long) with Naan 233 sprinklers at 12 m apart.

19 5.39 3.96 18.75 23.6 1.8 1.5 94.2 94.6 96.59 1.6 95.86 1.84 19.5 25 20 15 10 5 0 0 12 24 36 48 60 72 84 96 108 120 132 144 156 sprinkler flow 1.99 7.88 1.79 1.26 14.82 1.11 16. 2: The flow rate reduction along 3" lateral pipe (156 m long) with Naan 233 sprinklers at 12 m apart.83 1.79 1.1 95.5 94.8 1.7 1.8 1. 2 1.Fig.8 1.5 94.84 1.9 94.9 1.6 94.9 1.61 10.7 97.79 sprinkler flow line flow 28 .8 8.5 line flow 23.75 21.81 1.8 96.43 12.79 % reduction 100 98.

D and L) is computed by: ◊ assuming the lateral pipe is plain (without sprinklers). qs (flow rate) and sl (space) is selected from a catalogue. Sl ⇒ The number of sprinkler (n) along the lateral is determined by ( ⇒ ⇒ The discharge rate at the lateral inlet is determined by (Qu = n x qs). The lateral diameter (D) should be comply with a maximum of 20% head loss along the pipe. The head loss along the lateral (Qu. ⇒ 29 . L ). and ◊ The outcome is multiplied by F factor.Calculating the Head Loss Along lateral Pipe ⇒ The required sprinkler with Hs (pressure).

44 m3/h = 21. The selected sprinklers are Naan 233/92 with a nozzle of 4.5 mm.44 m3/hr.6 m3/h 30 . The riser height is 0. The space between the sprinklers is 12 meters apart. The water source to the lateral pipe is from a submain. and the location of the first sprinkler is 6 meters away from lateral inlet. which crosses the center of the field.Example: A flat field.8 meter and the diameter is 3/4". Answer Lateral 360 m Submain The number of sprinklers on the lateral pipe is as follows: n= 180 = 15sprinklers 12 The length of the lateral pipe (l) is as follows: l = (14 sprinklers x 12 m length) + 6 m = 174 meters The flow rate of the lateral pipe is as follows: Qu = 15 (sprinklers) x 1. pressure of (hs) and flow rate (qs ) of 1. is irrigated with a hand moved aluminum lateral pipe (C = 140). 360 x 360 m.

For a 3" aluminum pipe .9m > 5m 11.000 ⇒ ∆h = = = 32.363 = 11.9m 11.363 The F factor for 15 sprinklers is: ∆h f = ∆h ⊗ F15 = 4.9m L 1.The maximum allowed head loss (20%) throughout the field is as follows: ∆h = 20 ⊗ 25 = 5meters 100 For a 2" aluminum pipe .34 meters head loss is kept for the submain head loss. The head loss of a 3" plain aluminum pipe is as follows: ∆h = J ⊗ L 26.66 < 5m The difference of 5 .363 = 1.9 m is higher than 5 m.6meters 1. 31 .9 ‰ The head loss in 2" plain aluminum pipe is as follows: J= ∆h J ⊗ L 188.000 1.363 The F factor for 15 sprinklers is ∆h f = ∆h ⊗ F15 = 32.2 ⊗ 174 = = 4.9 ⊗ 0.000 F15 = 0.the hydraulic gradient calculated from a table or a monograph or a slide ruler or the Hazen-Williams equation is: J = 26. is: J = 188.000 1. which can be calculated from either a table or a slide ruler or the Hazen-Williams equation. Therefore a larger pipe is taken.6 ⊗ 0.66meters 1.1.2 ‰.the hydraulic gradient.9 ⊗ 174 ⊗ 1.000 F15 = 0.66 = 3.

66 meters Riser height = 0.8 meters hs = 25 meters 3 ⊗ h f + riser 4 3 hu = 25 + ⊗ 1. what is the inlet pressure? hf = 1.7atmosphere 4 hu = hs 32 .66 + 0.8 = 27 m ⇒ 2.A Lateral Inlet Pressure The pressure head at the lateral inlet (hu) is determined by: hu = hs + 3 ⊗ h f + riser 4 hu = lateral inlet pressure head hs = pressure head of selected sprinkler hf = head loss along lateral riser = the height of the riser Example: Following the previous example.

The difference elevation between the two ends is as follows: ± ∆Z = 174 ⊗ a. 2% upward slope.3m 4 2 33 .48 hu = 25 + ⊗ 1.adjustment for downward slope 2 Example: Following the previous example. then the pressure requirement at the lateral inlet is calculated as follows: hu = hs + 3 ∆z ⊗ h f + riser ± 4 2 hu = the lateral inlet pressure hs = pressure head of selected sprinkler hf = head loss along lateral riser = riser height + − ∆Z . but this time with: a.8 − = 25.48meters 100 3 ∆z hu = hs + ⊗ h f + riser − 4 2 3 3.A Lateral Laid out on a Slope Once a lateral is laid out along a slope with an elevation difference of ∆Z meters between the two ends. 2% downward slope.66 + 0. or b. 2% downward slope 2 = ±3. (hu ).adjustment for upward slope 2 ∆Z .

12m The head loss between lateral inlet and last sprinkler is as follows: 25. 2% upward slope 3 ∆z ⊗ h f + riser − 4 2 3 3.66 + 3. and the difference head loss of 5 meters (20%) is kept for the submain head loss.14 meters ≈ 5 meters 5.82 meters is < than 5 meters. Therefore. the pressure at the inlet pipe to the field is 30.82m -1.8 + = 28. All the “20% head loss” is taken place along the submain pipe.The pressure by the last sprinkler is as follows: hu − h f + ∆Z 25.3 m. pressure regulators should be installed in each lateral inlet.12 = −1.14 meters are just the permitted 20% head loss. 34 . nothing is left for the submain.48 = 27.48 = 5.66 + 3. b.78m 4 2 hu = hs + The total head loss throughout the lateral pipe is as follows: ∆hd = 1.3 − 27.Therefore.48 hu = 25 + ⊗ 1.3 − 1. In this case.66 + 0.

to calculate the constants (K and x) by the previous equations are needed a few points on the curve depicting the relation flow pressure of an emitter.5 = 0 Q1 K ⊗ H1 .89 ≈ 90% H1 35 . In this case. A . but describes by a graph the relationship between pressure and flow discharge of different emitters.5 (see later).flow rate Q=K⊗Hx C. While the exponent value for emitters depend on the flow pattern. Usually. the exponent value for a sprinkler is equal to 0. and 20% pressure difference is as follows: 0 Q2 K ⊗ H 2 .5 and for a laminar flow pattern is almost 1. This rule is carried out only when the value of the exponent is 0.8H1 = 0.cross section area of a nozzle H . then the pressure difference inside the plot should be up to 20%. and for hydro-cyclone pattern or very low flow rate is less than 0.5 Q2 = Q1 Q2 = Q1 H2 = H1 H2 H1 H 2 = 0. The exponent is equal to 0 for an emitter with a flow or pressure regulator.5 The relationship between two identical sprinklers which have a same constant K.constants depend on a nozzle or emitter type. The flow rate of a sprinkler is as follows: Q = K ⊗ H 0.0. K .8 ⊗ H1 (20%difference) 0. Example: What is the expected difference discharge between two ends of the lateral sprinkler? When the hydraulic gradient along a lateral pipe is 20%. Unfortunately. most of the drip catalogues don't provide the exponent value. The relationship between pressure and flow rate out of a sprinkler is as follows: Q = C ⊗ A⊗ 2⊗ g ⊗ H or Q .8 = 0.pressure head x (exponent) – the exponent depends on the flow pattern inside a nozzle.5. while for turbulence flow type (labyrinth emitter) is equal to 0."The 20% Rule" In order to maintain up to 10% difference in flow rate between sprinklers or emitters within a plot.5.

therefore.5. monograph or DarcyWeisbach equation for 25 mm P.9 m) is the maximum head loss along the manifold (if pressure regulators are not in used). 95 = 17. a larger pipe is tested. The riser’s height is 0. monograph or Darcy-Weisbach equation for a 20 mm polyethylene pipe and Q = 1.2 m3/h is J = 18.2.384 Qu = 10 ⊗ 120 . 36 . The pressure difference between the maximum allowed head loss and the actual head loss along the lateral (4 m .5m 100 ∆h f = 5.384 = 2.2 m3/h is J = 5. The flow rate of the selected sprinkler is qs = 120 l/h at hs = 20 meters.74m 6.5 ⊗ 0. once the exponent is equal to 0.1 m = 1. Example for micro-sprinklers: A polyethylene lateral pipe. has 10 micro-sprinklers at 10 meters apart. 95 = 5 .74 meters head loss exceeds the allowable 4 meters (20%).1m ∆h = 5.5m 100 ∆h f = ∆h ⊗ F10 ∆h = 18.15 meter (can be ignored).8 ⊗ The head loss of 2.The difference in flow rate between the two ends is 10% (within “20% rule”). grade 4.5 ⊗ ∆h f = 17. while the first micro spinkler is stand only one half way.5 ⊗ 0.000 20 ⊗ 20 = 4meters 100 The maximum allowable ∆h in the entire plot is = The hydraulic gradient out of a slide ruler. = 12m 3 / h 1. What is the required diameter of the lateral pipe? n = 10 micro-sprinklers Length = (9 sprinkler x 10 m) + 5 m = 95 meters F10 = 0.5%.8%.384 = 6. The hydraulic gradient which can be found out from a slide ruler.1 meters is less than the allowable 4 m (20%). pipe and Q = 1.E.

The required pressure by the lateral pipe inlet is as follows: hu = 20 + 3 ⊗ 2.1 = 21.5meters 4 37 .

and pressure regulators control the pressure difference between the laterals. Option 2 . flow or pressure regulators are used in each emitter or sprinkler to control the excess pressure or flow. (It is common in drip systems. Therefore.Three Alternatives in Designing the Irrigation System There are three general options for designing an irrigation system: ⇒ Option 1 .The rule of 20% is applied to all the sprinklers on the same subplot. (It enables the use of longer laterals or smaller diameter pipes than permitted by Option 1 or 2.) Option 3 . Any excess pressure over 20% between the subplots is controlled by flow or pressure regulators.) ⇒ ⇒ 38 .The difference pressure along a lateral pipe exceeds the 20% head loss by any desired amount (up to the value that the pipes and connectors can stand).The rule of 20% is applied to a single lateral pipe.

For a 25 mm pipe .384 = 6. L = (9 ⊗10 + 5) = 95 m F10 = 0.8%.72m ∆h = 18. if the field is designed and abided by options 1. (The first sprinkler is stand at 5 meters away from the inlet). monograph or DarcyWeisbach equation for flow rate of Q = 1.5 ⊗ 0.5%.11 = 21.2m3 / hr 1.the hydraulic gradient taken out of a slide ruler. monograph or Darcy-Weisbach equation for flow rate of Q = 1.E. pipe is J = 18.2 m3/h and 25 mm P.Example: Ten micro-sprinklers are installed along a plastic lateral pipe (grade 4) at 10 meters (32.11m The head loss difference 4 m . What is the appropriate lateral pipe diameter and length.89 meters is available for the manifold head loss. The flow rate of the selected sprinkler is qs = 120 l/h (0.5 GPM) at pressure of hs = 20 meters.5 ⊗ 0.E.72 meters exceeds the allowable 4 meters (20%). The inlet lateral pressure is as follows: 3 hu = 20 + ⊗ 2. Therefore.11 m = 1.8 ⊗ 95 = 5.000 Option 1: For a 20 mm polyethylene pipe . 95 = 17.2.8 ft.5m 100 ∆h = ∆h ⊗ F10 = 17. a larger pipe is tested.384 = 2.2 m3/h and 20 mm P.5m 100 ∆h = ∆h ⊗ F10 = 5. pipe is J = 5..5 ⊗ Head loss of 6.the hydraulic gradient which can be found out of a slide ruler. ∆h = 5. 2 and 3? n = 10.384 Q= 10 ⊗ 120 = 1.15 meter (which can be ignored).15atmosphere 4 39 .58meters ⇒ 2. The riser height is 0.) apart.

then.Option 2: If the allowable pressure variation along the lateral pipe is 4 meters.64 = 1. e. The head loss for 25 mm diameter pipe along 60 m. the head loss for 60 meters lateral is as follows: 60 = 1. then 25 mm P. The head loss calculation is as follows: ◊ The head loss for a 25 mm diameter pipe along 95 m.0.72m3 / hr 1.000 The hydraulic gradient taken out of a table.4 ⊗ The head loss for 25 mm diameter pipe along 35 meters with four sprinklers is as follows: 2.458 = 0. Therefore. n = 6 and F6 = 0. or pressure regulators can install in every lateral inlet. Therefore.2 m3/h is calculated as previously done.4m 100 ∆h f = ∆h ⊗ F6 = 1.E. which was 2.11 m .458 is calculated as follows: The flow rate is: Q= 6 ⊗ 120 = 0.64 ∆h = 2.4%.11 m.72 is J = 2. n = 10 and Q = 1. pipe is too much and 20 mm too small.4 ⊗ 0. a slide ruler or Darcy-Weisbach equation for 25 mm diameter pipe with a flow rate of 0. The design procedure for the combined lateral (two different diameters) pipes is as follows: ⇒ Try first a 25 mm diameter pipe along 35 meters (n = 4) and a 20 mm diameter pipe along 60 meters (n = 6).47 meters 40 . to overcome a head loss greater than 20% either a combination of two diameter pips can be used.

06m ∆h = 7.72 is J = 7.5 ⊗ 0. The hydraulic gradient taken out of a table.5 m) is less than 4. which exceeds the limit of 4 meters .6%.(20% rule).458 is calculated as follows: The flow rate is: Q= 6 ⊗ 120 = 0.5m 100 ∆h f = ∆h ⊗ F6 = 4. the first choice is taken. Therefore. ⇒ The inlet pressure requirement by the last lateral is as follows: hu = 20 + 3 ⊗ 35 = 22. Therefore. The new head loss ∆h f is 4. the head loss for 60 meters lateral is as follows: 60 = 4.◊ The head loss for 20 mm diameter pipe along 60 meters with n = 6 and F6 = 0.72m3 / hr 1. The previous ways of calculation should be repeated over.53m ⇒ Since the total ∆h f (3. Therefore.47 + 2.458 = 2. 4 41 .000 f.06 = 3.3atmosphere .0 meters.7 m ≈ 23m ⇒ 2.5 meters.6 ⊗ The total head loss along the combined lateral pipe with 25 and 20 mm diameter is as follows: ∆h f = ∆h25 + ∆h20 = 1. it is possible to retry a shorter 25 mm pipe with a length of 25 meters and n = 3 and a longer 20 mm diameter pipe along 70 meters and n = 7. a slide ruler or Darcy-Weisbach equation for 25 mm diameter pipe with a flow rate of 0.

the pressure requirement at the inlet of the last lateral pipe is: hu = 20 + 6. (The reduced cost for the pipe must be less than the additional cost for the energy due to a higher pressure and for regulators).72 = 26. the entire head loss along a lateral pipe is added to the lateral inlet pressure.7at. unless the inlet pressure is less than the pipe and connectors can stand. the head loss ( ∆h f ) is 6. The maximum inlet pressure should be complied with the pipe grade. In case of option 3. In case of 20 mm diameter.72m ≈ 27 m ⇒ 2. Therefore. 42 .72 meters (see Option 1). The lateral diameter can be reduced to 20 mm or even further to 16 mm.Option 3: The lateral pipe is designed either with flow or pressure regulators in every micro-sprinkler.

5 ⊗ The laterals’ head loss on the downward side is as follows: 2 3 hu = 25 ⊕ ⊗ 2. The difference in elevation between the center and the end of the field is 2 meters (either positive or negative).96m 3 / hr 1.2% 45 = 5.394 = 2.62m 100 ∆h f = 5. 100 Let try a 20 mm lateral pipe on the two sides: n=8 F8 = 0.21 + 2 = 25.394 L = (7 sprinklers x 6 m) + 3 m = 45 m Q= 8⊗ 120 = 0.21 − = 25. The lateral pipes were hooked up to the two sides of the manifold pipe. What is the required diameter of the lateral pipes if the system is designed and abides by option 1? Answer The laterals’ head loss along the two sides of the manifold should be close enough (in a way that the total head loss due to the difference in elevation and friction head loss on both sides of the manifold should be almost the same).000 The hydraulic gradient for Q = 0. 2 4 The pressure by the last sprinkler is as follows: h8 = 25.6m ⇒ 2.6 − 2.62 ⊗ 0.21 ∆h = 12.96 m3/hr and D = 20 mm is J = 12.5atmosphere 43 .Example (on a slope): A manifold was installed along the center of a rectangular field.56at.4m ⇒ 2. The maximum head loss between the sprinklers throughout the field (first and last) is 20 ⊗ 25 = 5meters (20% rule). Each lateral pipe has eight 120 l/hr micro-sprinklers at 6 meters apart and the pressure (hs) is 25 meters.

65 m .Therefore.4 m = 4. the difference inlet pressure for both sides of the manifold will be less.3at. Therefore. therefore for the lateral the head loss is as follows: 44 . 6 sprinklers will be on each upward laterals side and 10 sprinklers on the downward laterals sides (trial and error).8 m. 2 4 The pressure at the last sprinkler is as follows: h8 = 27.65 . That way. The inlet head (hu) for 25 mm is 26.25 m. the values of hu for both sides of the manifold vary by 27.21 − 2 = 23.76at.2 m3/hr F10 = 0.25 meters.21 + = 27.20% rule) The pressure requirement for the upward laterals is 27. When 20 mm lateral pipes are in use. The head loss along the upward laterals is 4. the upward 20 mm laterals can be replaced by 25 mm.02 at .7 = 0.65 − 2.5%. only 26.5 m. or the upward lateral will be increased to 25 mm.4m ⇒ 2.25. The laterals’ head loss on the upward slope side is as follows: The pressure in the lateral inlet is as follows: 2 3 hu = 25 ⊕ ⊗ 2.23.5 .6 − 25 . More economical alternative is by relocating the manifold away from center of the field to a higher elevation.2 m ⇒ 0.65m ⇒ 2.65 meters and for the downward laterals is only 25.05 m To avoid this difference (hu) in the inlet pressure. almost all the permitted 20% (5 m). or the manifold can be relocated at a higher point.25. Downward laterals: The head loss for: D = 20 mm n = 10 L = (9 sprinkler x 6 m) + 3 m = 57 m Q = 1.6 = 2.384 from monograph is J = 18. Therefore.6 meters. the pressure difference between the two ends is as follows: hd = hu − h8 = 25 . (The aim is to reduce the difference pressure between the inlet pressure to both sides laterals to nill).4 = 0. (The pressure head loss along the upward lateral is 27. which is less than 5 m . the manifold’s size should be increased or pressure regulators should be installed in the lateral inlets.

5 ⊗ 0.15m ≈ 4.384 = 4.2 − = 27.28m 45 100 The pressure at the lateral inlet is as follows: hu = 25 + 2.57 = 10.28 = 25.5 ⊗ The slope is 2 57 = 4.2 = 1.53m 100 ∆h f = ∆h ⊗ F10 = 10.32m for a slope of 4%.405 L = (5 sprinklers x 6) + 3 = 33 m Q 33 = 2.6 ⊗ The elevation difference is 4.1m 2 4 The pressure head by the last lateral sprinkler is as follows: hd = hu − h f + ∆Z = 27.01m ≈ 1m ∆h = 7.28 3 ⊗ 4.2 + 2.1 − 25.2 m3/hr is J = 7.19m 45 .44 ⊗ = 2.51 − 1.51m 2 4 4 2 The pressure head at the last lateral sprinkler is hd = hu − ∆h f − ∆Z = 26.53 ⊗ 0.2m ∆h = 18.32 3 3 ⊗ hf + = 25 + ⊗ 1.9m Upward laterals: The head loss from a slide ruler for n = 6 = 7.0 ⊗ 33 = 1.32 = 24.0 − 1.405 = 1.2m The head loss along the downward lateral is as follows: ∆h = hu − hd = 27.0 + = 26.6% F6 = 0.1 − 4.44% ⇒ 4. 100 The pressure head at the lateral inlet is as follows: hu = hs + ∆Z 1.5m 100 ∆h f = ∆h ⊗ F6 = 2.

1 m and 26. The maximum tolal head loss ∆h along the laterl pipe is is 2.19 = 2.32m The values of hu for both sides 27.51 m are practically the same.7 meters are available as a head loss for the manifold.∆h = hu − hd = 26. 2.3 m.51 − 24. therefore. 46 .

0 atmospheres.3% 47 .) and 6 meters (19.11 m3/hr x 6 sprinklers = 0. What is the required diameter of the pipes? (The local head loss is 10% of the total head loss and is taken in account. 100 L = (5 sprinklers x 8 m) + 4 m = 44 m Lateral flow rate is: Q = 0. The whole plot is irrigated simultaneously (one shift). pipe with a flow rate of Q = 0. crop water requirement.) Answer 8x6m 96 m manifold lateral The maximum allowable pressure head difference is 20 ⊗ The number of micro-sprinkler on each lateral is F6= 0.66 m3/hr The hydraulic gradient for 16 mm P.) between the laterals.7 ft. The size of a plot and the number of subplots in each field depends on (the way the field is divided). The flow rate of the selected micro-sprinkler is qs = 0.E. Distribution of pressure head and water in a subplot Example: A fruit tree plot is designed for irrigation with a solid set system. the manifold designed procedure is the same way as it is done for a lateral.66 m3/hr is J = 22. A manifold is laid throughout the center of the field. The space between the micro-sprinklers along the lateral is 8 meters (20 ft.Design of a Manifold The manifold is a pipe with multiple outlets (similar to lateral pipe). therefore.11 m3/hr at a pressure (hs) of 2.405 48 =6 8 20 = 4meters. irrigation rate. and the number of shifts and etc.

The hydraulic gradient for 20 mm P.36 m head loss exceeds the allowable 4-meter (20%).7m Manifold Design: The number of lateral pipes is ( N ) = 96 ⊗ 2 ( two − sides) = 32 6 The length of the manifold pipe is as follows: L = (31 laterals x 6 m) + 3 = 93 m The flow rate is as follows: Q = 32 x 0.8 x 0.8 ⊗ 0.E.E.5 ⊗ 44 = 2.3 = 19.3m 1.3 m head loss is less than 4 m (20%).66 m3/hr is J = 6. Therefore this pipe can be selected as a lateral.1 m3/hr 48 .8 m 100 The head loss in 16-mm lateral pipe (including 10% local head loss) is as follows: ∆hf = (10% local head loss) x ∆h x F6 = 1.86m 100 The head loss in 20-mm lateral pipe (including 10 local head loss) is as follows: .36 m 4. ∆h f = 11 ⊗ 2.3 = 21m 4 4 The water pressure at the last micro-sprinkler on the lateral is as follows: h6 = hu − ∆h f = 21 − 1. pipe and Q = 0.405 = 1.66 = 21. 3 ⊗ 44 = 9 . ∆h = 6.1 x 9. The lateral inlet pressure is as follows: hu = hs + 3 3 ⊗ ∆h f = 20 + ⊗ 1.∆ h = 22 . So we have to try the head loss for 20-mm P.405 = 4. lateral pipe.5%.

76m The inlet pressure of the water at the manifold is as follows: ∆Z 3 3 ⊗ ∆h f ± = 21 + ⊗ 2.e.1 m3/hr is J = 7.2 ⊗ 93 = 6.2%. The head loss along the manifold pipe is as follows: ∆h = 7.06 m (i.69m 100 The manifold's pressure head loss (63-mm P. including 10% due to local head loss) is as follows: ∆h f = (10% local head loss ) ⊗ ∆h ⊗ F32 = 1. which is 23.31m The maximum pressure throughout the plot is at the first lateral inlet. pipe with 32 outlets (F32 = 0.01 m The pressure difference between the first and last sprinkler is as follows: 23.19.07 .07m 4 4 2 ∆hum = hul + The inlet pressure by the last lateral is as follows: ∆hd = hum − ∆h f = 23.E.3 atmosphere).1 ⊗ 6.1. which is as follows: 20. The minimum pressure throughout the system is at the last sprinkler on the last lateral.2 meters (2.69 ⊗ 0.01 = 4.76 = 23.E. pipe.376 = 2.31 .3 = 19.The hydraulic gradient for 63 mm P.376) and Q = 21.07 − 2.96 = 20. just almost 4 meters (20%)) 49 .

water supply and quality. g. and instructions for proper layout and operation. Taking in considerations several alternative of irrigation system types. c. Determine the required lateral size. which can operate simultaneously. Determine the peak period of daily water consumption. b. 50 . Determine the frequency of water supply. d. f. type of crops. Estimate water application depth at each irrigation cycle. Taking in considerations: soil. starting at the downstream end and ending up by the water source. o. n. k. p. Taking in considerations: farm schedule. r. Select a pump. Determine the size of a main pipe.Design of Irrigation System The sequence for designing an irrigation system is as follows: a. l. topography. Determine the optimum water application rate. i. h. pressure requirement. Divide the field into sub-plots according to the crops. Select appropriate pipes. Prepare plans. q. Determine the sprinklers or emitters spacing. e. discharge. water pressure. elevation and pipe length. j. Determine the minimum number of sprinklers or emitters (or a size of subplot) which must be operated simultaneously. schedules. m. Prepare a schematic diagram for each set of submains or manifolds. Prepare a diagram to show the discharge. Determine the best layout of main and laterals. nozzle sizes. availability of water and number of shifts.

205 lb 1.76 sq ft.37 inches 10 mm 1.5 cm 100 cm 3.281 ft. 39.000 li 220 Imperial gal 1 atmosphere (at) 1 psi 1 at 10 m 1 kg/cm2 1 lb/inch2 14. 4048 sq m 10.m 1 acre 1 ha 1 ha Weight: 10. m 2.47 acre 1 lb 1 kg 1 kg 1 oz Volume: 0.000 gr 29 gr 1 gal (USA) 1 Imperial gal 1 m3 1 m3 Pressure 3.55 li 1.22 psi 1 at 51 .Appendix 1: Unit conversion Length: 1 inch 1 ft.000 m 1 sq.000 sq.454 kg 2. 1m 1m 1m 1 cm 1 km Area: 2.54 cm 30.78 li 4.

3 4.3 5.6 32/6 40/6 50/6 63/6 75/6 90/6 27.6 8.0 3.9 34.6 10.1 10.9 6.9 8.7 2.4 79.8 13.7 12.8 36.2 8.7 5.8 3.9 3.6 68.2 Appendix 3: The internal diameter of polyethylene pipe Pipe (mm/grade) Internal diameter (mm) Pipe (mm/grade) Internal diameter (mm) 12/4 16/4 20/4 25/4 32/4 40/4 50/4 63/4 75/4 9.6 57.6 9.2 4.5 6.4 5.6 55.2 2.4 6.6 4.3 2.4 12.8 1.6 20.4 4.2 5.7 10.6 23.8 1.5 6.0 65.7 7.0 4.6 45.8 16.6 20.4 2.3 11.5 4.1 3.8 28.8 52 .8 43.Appendix 2: Minimum wall thickness of PVC pipes (mm) Nominal Class 4 Diameter (mm) Class 6 Class 8 Class 10 Class 16 63 75 90 110 140 160 225 280 315 1.8 2.4 15.8 3.2 2 2.8 16.3 6.

Appendix 4: Common Symbols 53 .

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