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New teaching borehole array for Newcastle University hydrogeologists

Posted: Wednesday 10th March 2010

Angus Flexible Pipelines has provided assistance to Newcastle University’s School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, by providing Wellmaster flexible rising main for the central pumping borehole at the University’s farm at Cockle Park, near Morpeth, Northumberland. The borehole array consists of six wells, each 50 metres deep, and is known as GEOMETRY (Groundwater Engineering, Operation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Testing (L)aboratoRY)

The borehole array is a practical teaching tool for the Applied Hydrogeology MSc course and the boreholes are arranged in a cruciform pattern with each borehole set at a different distance from the central pumping well. This provides facilities for demonstrating techniques of borehole design, construction and operation; the study of borehole and aquifer hydraulic behaviour and for monitoring the local groundwater environment.

The Wellmaster installation supports a Grundfos submersible pump which is hung from the rising main.

Wellmaster is the premier flexible rising main system for use in groundwater extraction. It is manufactured from high tenacity synthetic yarns, circular woven and totally encapsulated in tough high performance elastomer. The riser has an integral textile reinforced rib for location of the pump power cable strapping system. Wellmaster is available in 2” (51mm), 3” (76mm), 4” (102mm), 5” (127mm), 6” (152mm) and 8” (200mm) diameter options.




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