Investigation of waterhammer problems in Camlidere Dam-Ivedik Water Treatment Plant pipeline at various hydraulic conditions

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Turkey

Approval Date: 2012


Supervisor: ZAFER BOZKUŞ


Çamlıdere Dam supplies significant portion of the potable water demand of the City of Ankara. Consequently, it is very important that the pipelines extending over 60 km between the dam and the treatment plant at İvedik operate continuously. At present, two composite parallel lines are in operation and construction of a third line is considered for the future. It is the aim of this study to investigate the water hammer problems to be expected under various scenarios and also suggest the safe operation conditions for the system. Water hammer analyses of the pipeline are carried out by computer software named HAMMER. This software employs the Method of Characteristics (MoC) which is a widely used mathematical procedure in solving the non-linear differential equations caused by unsteady flow. Within this theses work, existing tunnels, prestressed concrete and steel pipes, third steel pipeline which is planned to be constructed in the future and existing, and future-planned valves are modeled and calibration of the model is implemented. A plenty of scenarios and valve closure principles are constituted in order to specify steady-state conditions and additional water hammer pressures generated by several excitations through the pipeline. Results of these scenarios are compared with previous works conducted on the pipeline system and the most unfavorable ones among those are determined. Then, appropriate closure durations are identified and suggested for pipe fracture safety valves and the flow control valves at İvedik in order not to cause excessive pressures in the system.