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Canal Lock Displacement

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In this project we determine the time needed for a pump to raise the water level in a canal lock in order for a boat to continue upstream. Using calculus methods and elementary physics, it was determined that it would take roughly 5 minutes for a single 60 horsepower pump to raise the water level the required 10 feet. We conclude that the lock is fairly efficient but offer some suggestions to increase the time efficiency of the lock system.


This article was previously called Article 13.

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Thomas Bieske, Mathematics and Statistics

Ronnie Cathcart, Utopia Marine Company Owner

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Ronnie Cathcart