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Creating a prototype

  1. Dec 2, 2014 #1

    I am in the midst of creating a prototype. It is a true model. May I know what are the formulas and knowledge i require to determining the exact scale of my prototype? My model needs to include a working water pump, as well as able to withstand loading.
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  3. Dec 2, 2014 #2


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    Welcome to PF!

    Is this a project for school? if so what grade level? What kind of model are you planning to develop?
  4. Dec 2, 2014 #3
    Thanks! The level is undergraduate but the product is to be used with real life industry players. It is a water pump. Do I use dimensional analysis?

    I am not an engineering student btw.
  5. Dec 2, 2014 #4


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  6. Dec 2, 2014 #5


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    As a side question, will the fluid flow scale proportionally with the size of the model?
  7. Dec 4, 2014 #6
    yeah in the case of a pump prototype you need to be at a scale it does what you intend it to on the full scale model. which might very well mean full scale depending on the fluids.

    oh and autodesk has a student software program so students can use a student version of the software as long as they are registered students and keep the output marked as produced by student version.
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