Engineering >> Mechanical Engineering

Design of a Rainwater Catchment System

by Neil Cammardella


Submitted : Fall 2011

Certain dimensions of a rainwater catchment and storage system were optimized using climatological and sociological data. Using only daily demand and average daily rain fall data, the following dimensions were optimized:

  • The horizontal roof area needed to collect the daily demand of water
  • The tank size needed to store all the water collected during a heavy rain event
  • When full, how long the tank will be able to provide water without rain
  • The diameter of the outlet flow orifice.
With these calculations, we can design a rainwater catchment system that can capture the daily demand and store excess water for use during periods of low rain.



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Advisors :
Richard Stark, Mathematics and Statistics
Scott Campbell, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering
Suggested By :
Scott Campbell