Engineering >> Civil & Environmental Engineering

Canal Lock Displacement

by Rick Blanton


Submitted : Fall 2010

The initial goal of this project was to determine the time it would take a pump to raise the water level to raise a boat in a lock on a canal. It was determined that it would take roughly 12 minutes for a 30 horsepower pump to raise the water level in a 300ft2 lock from 10 feet to 20 feet. This was calculated using the two formulas, W = F x D and P = W / T. The primary conclusion drawn from this was that there are still several options to reduce the time needed to raise the water level, in order to ultimately increase time efficiency.



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Advisors :
Thomas Bieske, Mathematics and Statistics
Ronnie Cathcart, Utopia Marine
Suggested By :
Ronnie Cathcart