Alcalde, New Mexico
Field studies are currently underway at the New Mexico State University Sustainable Agricultural Science Center in northern New Mexico under the direction of Steven Gulden, superintendent.
Moisture content along the ditch banks is being monitored via moisture probes that have been placed on both sides of the ditch bank at each of the systems connections. The leak rate/ moisture content study is the last data point required to complete the final report for the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Grant that was awarded to FastDitch, Inc. by the USDA.
Laboratory testing was recently completed at the New Mexico State University Hydraulics Laboratory by Dr. Zohrab Samani, Phd/PE Civil Engineering Department. The third party testing verified the leak rate as well as the Manning’s coefficient of friction. Testing concluded that the free flow leak rate is 8.6 gal/hour/rivet submerged with the liner having a friction factor of 0.018.