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Project 2 Big Pump / Small Pipes

Project Description
The University of Dayton is considering a district geothermal system to utilize water being pumped from
the UD Arena nearly continuously. There is at least one-480 horsepower pump operating continuously
to draw water from just below the arena floor (about 20 feet below ground level). At other times during
the year, there can be as many as 4 similar pumps operating. Presently this water is being discharged
back into the river. Assume that the pumps are approximately 40% efficient presently. The river
discharge is roughly 875 feet from the arena. The piping presently is 4 inch I.D.

Your task is to use the water that must be discharged from the arena to the river for district heating /
cooling for th
e College Park Center Building.
The following requirements for the system exist. The present discharge flow rate from the arena must
be delivered to the College Park Center Building. How you get it there is up to you. But you can go
either over or above the Miami river. You can even use the Stewart Street bridge if you wish.
Assume also that the installed cost of the piping depends upon diameter according to:

Assume also that the capital pump cost depends upon power according to:

Assume that the installed cost of the pump is roughly twice the base cost.
Assume a unit cost of electricity of $0.11/kWh, with a 2.5% annual escalation.

Goal of Project
Your task will be to minimize the life cycle cost of the system, assuming a 20 year life. Assume all capital
costs can be distributed uniformly to each year. So if capital costs are $1M dollars. Then the annual cost
will be $1M/20 years.


1. Project Description
2. Goals
3. Design
A. Current Design
i. State assumptions used to estimate current flow rate
ii. Show governing equations
iii. Show solution for current volumetric flow rate
1. Overall Design
Describe your design visually and with a drawing or image. Your drawing should identify all
2. Piping Network
Summarize how many of the following you will need:
- Elbows
- Valves
- Other fittings

4. Analysis
A. Show major head loss analysis (equations)
B. Show minor head loss calculations (equations)
C. Show pump sizing analysis
D. Show pump selection (you will need to find an actual pump)
E. Show economic analysis
i. Operating cost
ii. Capital cost

5. Results
Show results leading to optimal system
You likely will be considering multiple cases. Thus you will want your results to illustrate why
your final design is best. Comparison tables or figures are a must.