Evaporation, Temperature and Water Quality Impacts for AquaArmourTM Floating Pods

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Symes, Troy, Pittaway, Pam and Schmidt, Erik. 2009. Evaporation, Temperature and Water Quality Impacts for AquaArmourTM Floating Pods. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
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Evaporation, Temperature and Water Quality Impacts for AquaArmourTM Floating Pods

Report TypeProject report
AuthorsSymes, Troy (Author), Pittaway, Pam (Author) and Schmidt, Erik (Author)
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Number of Pages83
Year2009
PublisherUniversity of Southern Queensland
Place of PublicationToowoomba, Australia
Abstract

AquaArmourTM is a floating system of hollow hexagonal pods constructed from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and arranged into a free-form floating lattice to mitigate the losses through evaporation from open water storages. The pods are self-anchoring by design in which water is allowed to enter the hollow portion of the pod through vents at the centre of each face, top and bottom. Water captured in the pod provides a ‘water ballast’ to anchor the pods in place and reportedly resist against lifting in high winds.

AquaArmourTM pods incorporate flotation chambers at six points around their outer edge and thus eliminates the need for suspension systems to maintain the pods on the surface of the water.

AquaArmourTM pods do not restrict the inflow of rainfall and overland run off to water storages. A further expected advantage of the AquaArmourTM pods is a wave calming benefit that may greatly reduce bank erosion in man-made and natural water bodies.

Keywordsevaporation, mitigation, water saving, water storage
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020401199. Environmental engineering not elsewhere classified
419999. Other environmental sciences not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsNational Centre for Engineering in Agriculture
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Brink, Gavin, Symes, Troy and Hancock, Nigel. 2009. "Development of a 'smart' monolayer application system for reducing evaporation from farm dams: introductory paper." Banhazi, T. M. and Saunders, C. (ed.) SEAg 2009: Agricultural Technologies In a Changing Climate. Brisbane, Australia 13 - 16 Sep 2009 Brisbane, Australia.
EvapCalc software for the determination of dam evaporation and seepage
Craig, Ian, Schmidt, Erik and Hancock, Nigel. 2007. "EvapCalc software for the determination of dam evaporation and seepage." Banhazi, T. M. and Saunders, C. (ed.) SEAg 2007: Agriculture and Engineering - Challenge Today, Technology Tomorrow. Adelaide, Australia 24 - 26 Sep 2007 Adelaide, Australia.
Evaporation, seepage and water quality management in storage dams: a review of research methods
Craig, Ian, Aravinthan, Vasantha, Baillie, Craig Peter, Beswick, Alan, Barnes, Geoff, Bradbury, Ron, Connell, Luke, Cooper, Paul, Fellows, Christopher, Fitzmaurice, Li, Foley, Joseph P., Hancock, Nigel, Lamb, David, Morrison, Pippa, Mossad, Ruth, Misra, R. K., Pittaway, Pam, Prime, Emma, Rees, Steve, ..., Turnbull, David. 2007. "Evaporation, seepage and water quality management in storage dams: a review of research methods." Environmental Health. 7 (3), pp. 84-97.
Controlling evaporation from on-farm storages
Craig, Ian, Schmidt, Erik, Green, Andrew and Scobie, Michael. 2005. "Controlling evaporation from on-farm storages." Irrigation Australia 2005: Irrigation Association of Australia National Conference and Exhibition: Restoring the Balance. Townsville, Australia 17 - 19 May 2005 Hornsby, NSW, Australia.
Evaporation control using covers - some realistic solutions for the irrigation industry
Craig, Ian, Schmidt, Erik and Scobie, Michael. 2006. "Evaporation control using covers - some realistic solutions for the irrigation industry." Irrigation Australia 2006: Irrigation Association of Australia National Conference and Exhibition. Brisbane, Australia 09 - 11 May 2006 Hornsby, NSW, Australia.
Controlling evaporation loss from water storages
Craig, Ian, Green, Andrew, Scobie, Michael and Schmidt, Erik. 2005. Controlling evaporation loss from water storages. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
Improving whole farm and infield irrigation efficiencies using Irrimate tools
Raine, Steven R., Purcell, Jim and Schmidt, Erik. 2005. "Improving whole farm and infield irrigation efficiencies using Irrimate tools." Irrigation Australia 2005: Irrigation Association of Australia National Conference and Exhibition: Restoring the Balance. Townsville, Australia 17 - 19 May 2005 Hornsby, NSW, Australia.