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Analysis of storage tank flow patterns

33 million gallon reservoir

384 foot diameter and 38 foot depth

Twin Oaks Reservoir Flow Modeling

ASL Consulting Engineers
San Diego County, California

Using Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Flow Science performed a flow analysis of the Twin Oaks Reservoir in San Diego County, California.  The storage facility is a 384-foot diameter  round tank with a total volume of 33 million gallons. 

For the initially proposed configuration, the analysis revealed that a large recirculation zone exists in the center of the tank.  Such "dead zones" lead to a reduction in quality of the water and increases the risk of microbial contamination and regulatory problems.

Flow Science evaluated several different inlet/outlet configurations and the strategic placement of baffles in the tank to produce a more desirable flow pattern and residence time distribution.

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