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Water 2016, 8(9), 395;

Failure Analysis of a Water Supply Pumping Pipeline System

Instituto de Ingeniería, Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Cd. Universitaria, C.P. 04510 Mexico City, Mexico
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Academic Editor: Andreas N. Angelakis
Received: 1 August 2016 / Revised: 6 September 2016 / Accepted: 6 September 2016 / Published: 12 September 2016
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This paper describes the most important results of a theoretical, experimental and in situ investigation developed in connection with a water supply pumping pipeline failure. This incident occurred after power failure of the pumping system that caused the burst of a prestressed concrete cylinder pipe (PCCP). Subsequently, numerous hydraulic transient simulations for different scenarios and various air pockets combinations were carried out in order to fully validate the diagnostic. As a result, it was determined that small air pocket volumes located along the pipeline profile were recognized as the direct cause of the PCCP rupture. Further, a detail survey of the pipeline was performed using a combination of non-destructive technologies in order to determine if immediate intervention was required to replace PCC pipes. In addition, a hydraulic model was employed to analyze the behavior of air pockets located at high points of the pipeline. View Full-Text
Keywords: air pocket; air valve; pumping pipeline; PCCP failure; fluid transients; non-destructive inspection air pocket; air valve; pumping pipeline; PCCP failure; fluid transients; non-destructive inspection

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Pozos-Estrada, O.; Sánchez-Huerta, A.; Breña-Naranjo, J.A.; Pedrozo-Acuña, A. Failure Analysis of a Water Supply Pumping Pipeline System. Water 2016, 8, 395.

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