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Engenharia Agrícola

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PINTO, Marinaldo F.; CAMARGO, Antonio P. de  and  COELHO, Rubens D.. Economic optimization method to design telescope irrigation of multiples outlets . Eng. Agríc. [online]. 2012, vol.32, n.4, pp.774-783. ISSN 0100-6916.

In this study is presented an economic optimization method to design telescope irrigation laterals (multidiameter) with regular spaced outlets. The proposed analytical hydraulic solution was validated by means of a pipeline composed of three different diameters. The minimum acquisition cost of the telescope pipeline was determined by an ideal arrangement of lengths and respective diameters for each one of the three segments. The mathematical optimization method based on the Lagrange multipliers provides a strategy for finding the maximum or minimum of a function subject to certain constraints. In this case, the objective function describes the acquisition cost of pipes, and the constraints are determined from hydraulic parameters as length of irrigation laterals and total head loss permitted.  The developed analytical solution provides the ideal combination of each pipe segment length and respective diameter, resulting in a decreased of the acquisition cost.  

Keywords : conduits in series; minimum cost; Lagrange multipliers.

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