Digital Relay Pumping
can move enormous volumes of water very long distances. It may be able to fight Megafires which are sending huge quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere. US patent 7942350.
Relay Pumping is a technique of using multiple pumps in a series in order to move water over longer distances. A hose can tolerate only a certain pressure. Friction loss reduces the water pressure as the hose gets longer, so that a given hose can only move water so far.
If another pump is used to reboost the pressure, then the water can move farther.
This process can be used with an unlimited number of pumps.
The only problem is that if the pumps are not synchronized in operation, "water hammer" can destroy the hoses and pumps.
Today, relay pumping is controlled by radio communication between all of the pump operators.
When there are more than a few operators, the radios don't allow for precise synchronization of the pumps. Because of the "water hammer" problem, Relay Pumping is used only for short relays in practice.
The following sections will show how a digital network supported by a wire pair in the hoses can prevent "water hammer". The digital network allows for perfectly synchronized control of a very large number of pumps.
Digital relay pumping would allow for very long relays which can bring water closer to the fires.
Digital relay pumping can also be used to deliver water to areas whose water mains have been destroyed by EARTHQUAKES.
The water delivered can be used to fight fires caused by the earthquake, and also to supply drinking water to the population.
The figure below shows how a tracked vehicle can deploy a series of pumps with hoses to produce a Digital Relay in rugged terrain.
The articles seen by clicking the buttons below were written by the inventor.
The hose was used to deliver water and diesel fuel to forward outposts.
A wire was embedded in the hose to prevent static electricity from igniting the diesel fuel.
The wire can be used to support an Ethernet network that can control all of the pumps. Normally, pump control is done with radios and requires very exact work by each team along the relay. Otherwise, water hammer can destroy pumps and hoses.
1. A Supply line system for conveying a fluid, the system comprising:
a first and a second conduit segment each having at least
one inner conduit Surface and an outer conduit Surface;
at least one fluid chamber within each of the first and
second conduit segments and formed at least partially by
the at least one inner conduit Surface, thereby transport ing a quantity of fluid along the length of each of said
at least one electric wire located between the at least one
inner conduit Surface and the outer conduit Surface and
extending approximately the length of each of the first
and second conduit segments, the electric wire sized to
carry at least one electric current;
a conduit connection element connecting the first and sec
ond conduit segments, the conduit connection element
mating the fluid chamber and the at least one electric
wire of the first conduit segment with the fluid chamber
and the at least one electric wire of the second conduit
segment, wherein at least a portion of the quantity of
fluid and the at least one electric current is passed from
the first conduit segment to the second conduit segment,
wherein said conduit connection element is at least one
of a conduit adapter, a conduit coupler assembly and a
conduit multi-port device;
a digital data network connected to the at least one electric
wire, whereby the digital data network includes a
Ethernet-type data network, wherein the digital data net
work routes at least one data communication to and from
at least one electronic device; and
at least one computer connected to the digital data network,
wherein the at least one computer controls a movement
of at least a portion of the quantity of fluid within the first
and a second conduit segment.