Application systems for optimal management of monolayer films

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Schmidt, E., Brink, G. N. and O'Shannassay, G.. 2011. "Application systems for optimal management of monolayer films." Begbie, D. K. and Wakem, S. L. (ed.) 3rd Urban Water Security Reseach Alliance Science Forum and Stakeholder Engagement. Brisbane, Australia 14 - 15 Sep 2011 Brisbane, Australia.
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Application systems for optimal management of monolayer films

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsSchmidt, E. (Author), Brink, G. N. (Author) and O'Shannassay, G. (Author)
EditorsBegbie, D. K. and Wakem, S. L.
Journal or Proceedings Title3rd Urban Water Security Research Alliance Science Forum and Stakeholder Engagement: Program and Abstracts
Number of Pages7
Year2011
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.urbanwateralliance.org.au/publications/forum-2nd-2011/science-forum-2011-program-abstracts.pdf
Conference/Event3rd Urban Water Security Reseach Alliance Science Forum and Stakeholder Engagement
Event Details
3rd Urban Water Security Reseach Alliance Science Forum and Stakeholder Engagement
Event Date
14 to end of 15 Sep 2011
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
Abstract

The NCEA has developed a 'smart' autonomous monolayer application system (SAMAS) capable of adjusting the
rate and location of monolayer placement, according to prevailing weather conditions. This system, when combined
with new monolayer products currently under development, will allow optimum management of monolayer application. Laboratory studies have been undertaken to characterise monolayer distribution on a water surface under different wind conditions. A computer model has been developed to provide an indication of likely spreading of the monolayer product on a storage dam based on prevailing wind conditions, applicator placement and operating conditions. A monolayer application system was deployed on a 16ha farm dam near Forrest Hill in the Lockyer Valley, South East Queensland (SEQ) to dose a new water-emulsion monolayer product. The trial has indicated the importance of modifying the monolayer application strategy in response to prevailing wind and the need to calibrate the system for future monolayer products. Loss of monolayer film by beaching on the lee shore was also found to be considerable and a floating containment grid will help mitigate future losses.

Keywordschemical monolayer; autonomous; electromechanical; low-impact; water; evaporation reduction
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020370104. Atmospheric composition, chemistry and processes
300201. Agricultural hydrology
400513. Water resources engineering
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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