Hydraulic Investigation into the Practical Applicability of the ISLEX Smart Siphon

Leggat, Nicholas Aiden (2017) Hydraulic Investigation into the Practical Applicability of the ISLEX Smart Siphon. [USQ Project]

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Produced commercially within Australia since the 1960s, cotton has developed into one of Australia’s leading agricultural industries and fundamental global agricultural exports. The cotton growth throughout rural Australia is generally bound by Ayr (QLD) to the north, Toowoomba (QLD) to the East, Leeton (Southern NSW) to the South and Menindee (NSW) to the West. The extent of these bounds resulting in approximately 700,500 Hectares of farming cotton, both commercial and privately managed.

A major issue throughout the rural community is the ability to effectively prepare and maintain increasingly larger areas of land, with the decreasing labour available. This is particularly evident within the cotton and furrow irrigation industry, where a large majority of the labour distribution is allocated to the effective management of water. This lack of labour and increase in management requirement presents the potential to introduce automated systems throughout the regional area, thus presenting the farmer with the capability to manage the irrigation remotely and without the requirement for further labour allocations.

The literature review has revealed that not only is the cotton industry throughout Australia increasing in the required capacity and output from crop yield, but also that the labour in regional areas is becoming scarce. This presents the opportunity for an automated system which can be used to efficiently replace the labour requirements.

The final intention of the project is to provide accurate and efficient hydraulic information to users of the ISLEX Smart Siphon regarding the installation and maintenance of the siphon. The rating curves will provide insight into the capacity of the siphon when operated are varying head levels, further to this it will provide the expected flow rates at the outlet of each flow rate, potentially mitigating the erosion effect the water flow may have on the field.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil Engineering)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Gillies, Malcolm
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2022 01:42
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2022 01:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: cotton; furrow irrigation; labour; hydraulic
URI: https://sear.unisq.edu.au/id/eprint/40915

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