Sustainable water resources using corner pivot lateral, A novel sprinkler irrigation system layout for small scale farms

Saeed Rad, Lei Gan, Xiaobing Chen, Shaohong You, Liangliang Huang, Shihua Su, Mohd. Raihan Taha

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Abstract

Sprinkler irrigation systems are widely used in medium and large scale farms in different forms. However less types are available to apply in small farms due to their high costs. The current study was done according to a novel cost effective design for a semi-permanent sprinkler irrigation system for small farm owners. The new layout known as Corner Pivot Lateral (CPL) was examined in irrigation test center at Lijian Scientific and Technological Demonstration Park, at Nanning city, China. CPL was implemented without a main/sub mainline pipe, by applying a single pivoting lateral at the corner of the plot that directly connected to the resource to convey water from the pump. The lateral moves around the corner using a rotating elbow in a quadrant pattern manually to cover the entire farm. A conventional semi-permanent system was applied for the same farm as reference. A cost analysis on the required components as well as annual operational costs was carried out for comparison and control. Results showed that a lower system component would be needed for the CPL method. Overall, more than a 15% capital cost reduction with 7% annual cost decrement was achieved for CPL in this experiment comparatively. The Catch can technique was applied to examine the CPL system's efficiency and 79% water distribution uniformity around the sprinkler was obtained. This new method can encourage small estate holders to switch from traditional to pressurized systems which optimizes water application costs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2601
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Volume8
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2018

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Keywords

  • Corner pivot
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Semi-permanent
  • Sprinkler irrigation
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Instrumentation
  • Engineering(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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Sustainable water resources using corner pivot lateral, A novel sprinkler irrigation system layout for small scale farms. / Rad, Saeed; Gan, Lei; Chen, Xiaobing; You, Shaohong; Huang, Liangliang; Su, Shihua; Taha, Mohd. Raihan.

In: Applied Sciences (Switzerland), Vol. 8, No. 12, 2601, 13.12.2018.

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Rad, Saeed ; Gan, Lei ; Chen, Xiaobing ; You, Shaohong ; Huang, Liangliang ; Su, Shihua ; Taha, Mohd. Raihan. / Sustainable water resources using corner pivot lateral, A novel sprinkler irrigation system layout for small scale farms. In: Applied Sciences (Switzerland). 2018 ; Vol. 8, No. 12.
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