Innovative Solutions to Improve Water Delivery: Demonstration of a Newly Patented Flow-Control Valve
* Can the newly patented modified isbester (MI) valve be a cost effective, improved technology for effective water delivery on new and existing water projects?
Need and Benefit
The MI valve is a recently conceived concept for outlet works flow control that is patent pending. The concept is a refinement of the presently available clamshell technology and was identified from the need for improved ease of fabrication and reduced cost while maintaining all of the performance features of the clamshell concept. Reclamation experts believe that the sealing configuration of the MI valve will produce fewer difficulties at reduced cost in comparison with the Clamshell concept.
Recognizing that any concept is a hard sell on paper alone, we are proposing efforts here to demonstrate proof-of-concept for future engagement activities with industry. Such efforts consist of developing a functional prototype (8-inch or 12-inch prototype MI valve) that may be tested at Reclamation's Water Resources Research Laboratory (WRRL) in Denver, Colorado. The objective is to facilitate establishment of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) for further development and production of large scale prototype as well as solicit interested parties in licensing of this technology.
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