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Homework Help: Calculating pipe size for closed loop watering system

  1. Jul 7, 2009 #1
    I am building a closed loop watering system and need help determining the minimum size pipe I need for the return drain pipe. The system will pump water from a reservoir through spray nozzles into 4 containers at a rate of 300 gallons per hour. Each container will have a drain pipe in the bottom connecting to a central pipe which will feed the water back to the main reservoir via gravity with a drop of 4 inches.

    My question is "What is the minimum size drain pipe I require to ensure that all the water is being returned to the reservoir?"

    Any feedback would be appreciated.
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  3. Jul 7, 2009 #2
    Is it pumping at 300 gallons/hour for each container, or is the 300 gallons/hour spread out into all four containers?
  4. Jul 7, 2009 #3
    Sorry, yes the 300 gal/hr is spread over the 4 containers.
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