Name: Ari R.
The Siphon Principle was offered me as a solution to my
problem. I have a very small farm, with a water fountain of a stream wire of a
inch and half. But this fountain is 28 feet lower than our house and
distant some 35 feet. How could I use the Siphon Principle , and which simple
devices I should use for it? I need to move the water uphill.
I believe, I do not understand quite well your description
of the problem. If the water level is lower than the level
of your house, than it is impossible to use the siphon
principle. Just to figure out this principle, let us suppose
you have a tube like the letter "U". Put this tube upside
down, and you have something like a "hill". If there was
water inside, let us suppose that this water would go out
from both "legs", OK ?? Now, suppose you have a
tube similar to the letter "J". Put it again upside down.
You will get something with the form of an naked umbrella.
If this tube was fullfilled with water, you clearly understand
that the water will flow through leg more heavier, right ??
If I understand you correctly, your house is NOT the
longest leg of this umbrella. And - so - this principle
cannot be used in this case.
A siphon will only work down hill. The only way to move water up hill is by
a pump or buckets.
Sorry, a siphon will not move water uphill. It can move water over a hill as
long as the outlet is lower than the inlet and the rise is less than about
32 feet, but that's about it. To move the water up to your house, you will
need some sort of pump.
Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois
You cannot siphon water uphill. The exit end of the siphon tube must be
lower than the surface of the water being siphoned.
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