Master of Science (MS)
First Advisor's Name
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Hector R. Fuentes
Second Advisor's Committee Title
Third Advisor's Name
Third Advisor's Committee Title
Flood Control, Remote Operation, Siphon, Wetland, Reservoir, Water Release
Date of Defense
The present study proposes an integrated real-time hardware and software architecture for gravity-driven and remotely-operated water release from storage units such as detention ponds, reservoirs, and wetlands using a siphon and conventional drainage pipe system. The hardware involves a communication component, a control function component, and a hydraulics component. The communication component consists of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) router that collects the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) data and sends it to the remote center. The hydraulics hardware consists of an actuated butterfly valve, water level sensor, bilge pump, and air vent. Multiple flow release tests were carried out at the FIU Engineering Center to test the functionality and operational capability of the proposed system. The cost analysis for a 6" diameter siphon and conventional drainage pipe showed that they both are significantly less expensive than the widely used Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. The proposed low-cost systems can open new avenues for water management. Another proposition of this study is a derivation of an analytical equation for calculating the time-varying flow releases for both types of drainage. The validity of these equations was confirmed using the experimental flow release tests.
Ozecik, Dogukan, "An Integrated Software and Hardware Architecture for Gravity-driven and Remotely-operated Water Release" (2021). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4825.
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