Imagine setting up a high stakes stunt. In order to ensure that no one gets hurt, a stunt performance team will practice and carefully iterate how to do the stunt safely before they ever attempt the real thing. 

That same sort of process is carried out by our Fluid Systems Performance team. While they may not be performing stunts, they are regularly conducting mock-up testing to help clients confidently reduce project risks, especially when practicing on the real thing is not an option. 

In this newsletter, we highlight a mock-up test that was completed for a pipe lining project. You can find the project profile below. 

Also in this month's roundup, the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Model was back in the news via Science Magazine and as a featured story on Boston's NPR station, 90.9 WBUR. We invite you to give it a listen and check out the accompanying story. 


A Mini Mississippi In Mass. May Help Save New Orleans From Rising Seas

Boston's WBUR aired a story this week on the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Model, the 1:65 scale physical model currently residing in a building on Alden's Holden campus.

Pictured: Alden Engineer, Garret Dunn [left] answers questions from WBUR journalist Jesse Remedios.

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Also this week, the article titled "Rerouting the Mississippi River could build new land—and save a retreating coast" was published in Science Magazine

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Seabrook Pipe Lining Test

Our team performed flow testing on a mock-up pipe loop to help determine the effects of pipe lining on the flow performance of the piping network—a requirement when lining a pipeline where the pump performance margin is small.

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Alden to Work with Two TEAMER RTFS 2 Awardees

The U.S. Testing Expertise and Access to Marine Energy Research (TEAMER) program has awarded 23 projects from its second Request for Technical Support (RFTS) to receive access to numerical modeling, lab testing, and tank/flume testing—including two projects in which Alden's expertise will be used. Congratulations to all the awardees. 

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Don't forget!

Applications for TEAMER’s third RFTS are now open through May 9, 2021. Visit the TEAMER website for application information. And be sure to contact us to see how we can help.


Four Part Webinar Series

The Hydraulic Institute is offering a 4-part webinar series focused on the Intake Design for Rotodynamic Pumps (ANSI/HI 9.8–2018) Standard. Attendees will learn about pump intake design considerations and issues, available tools, as well as how to use the standard effectively and meet industry compliance.

The series kicks off on May 4th.

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