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Is there a method to determine the runoff for arid areas in developing countries?

Note: this question was totally rephrased and expanded on, addressing the comments and questions posed to the first version. The de-facto standard source for runoff calculations in South Africa is ...
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Hydraulic siphon spillway entry and exit velocity magnitude and profiles

I am working on the hydraulic seawater flow though a siphon spillway. My task is to determine at a location in front of the spillway the flow velocity and profile when The flow enters the spillway ...
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Determining RTK parameters for runoff analysis

I am examining a watershed and determining runoff using the RTK method. I basically use a 'guess and check the hydrograph' method right now. I've seen calibrators that use a mutation and convergence ...
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How do the bubble oscillations in two-phase flows affect the dissipation rate of turbulent kinetic energy?

I am investigating the effects of bubble oscillations (calculated using the Rayleigh-Plesset equation for bubble dynamics) on the turbulence in two-phase flows. Since I am using cryogenic fluids, the ...
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Differences between 2D hydrological modelling programs eg. HECRAS 5.0 (2D), TUFLOW, MIKE Flood

Just wondering what the difference is between 2D flood modelling programs. I am primarily considering whether HECRAS 5.0 (2D - currently in Beta) would be an acceptable alternative for simple 2D flood ...
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External diffusion: calculation of surface concentration

I am struggling a bit with an external diffusion problem. I am trying to calculate the concentration at the surface (as well as surface reaction rate) and would like some help or guidance. Here is ...
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Preventing condensate backup at startup with orifice (venturi) steam traps on medium pressure batch process mains?

I am working with 1" medium pressure steam mains (45 psig) for a batch process. Time between batches is usually short (to the order of minutes) but depending on the day the delay can be hours, and ...
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Principle of Virtual Work vs Castigliano's (Second) Theorem

I had a look online and into some literature however I did not seem to find a good comparison for the two different methods. They are both used for determining displacements and slopes (rotation by ...
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Tolerance for Beam With Cope End

I need to have some beams fabricated with copes on the ends. They will be set on top of existing steel trusses, and used to replace undersized purlins to shore up existing rafters (hence the need ...
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Sketching an engineering system in healthcare

I am about to do a project about engineering systems in a Systems Engineering course. I need to sketch an engineering system in which clinical decision support systems are being used to diagnose ...
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Inexpensive and moderately accurate (field) method of measuring THC (Total Hydrocarbon Content) in water

I am working in a construction company which is building hydropower plants in Northern Norway. We are monitoring the Total Hydrocarbon Content (THC) of our process waste water. This particularly ...
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How can I estimate blocking window distance in an sCMOS sensor setup?

I am trying to establish an appropriate distance between a spectrograph output window and a CMOS sensor. The spectrograph creates a focused image on the CMOS sensor but I am trying to restrict the ...
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Response of a system to a step function (Heaviside function)

I'd like to compute the response to a step function of a electrical/thermal system. Generally I can "easily" compute the transfer function $H$: $$H(\omega) = \frac{V_{out}(\omega)}{V_{in}(\omega)}$$ ...
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Degassing silicone solution with negative pressure

I am planning to use polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) to create a phantom for mimicking tissue for imaging. For this, I plan on using SYLGARD® 184, which is a viscous liquid. When adding other components ...
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How to design the most hydro/aerodynamic shape for a 'vehicle' that goes back and forth (using ANSYS)?

I am interested in making a very small scraper blade that moves back and forth along a submerged surface, however I need to make it as hydrodynamic as possible so I disturb the liquid as little as ...

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