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Name: Tan
Status: student
Grade: 9-12
Location: NY 
Country: N/A
Date: 8/6/2005


Question:
How does a shape of a water tower affect its cost and stability?


Replies:
The conventional design is a sphere atop a tower, hence the look of a golf ball on a tee. The driving principles are containment ( volume) and gravity. The sphere is the optimum for volume, the shapes and size are directly related to the needs, or design. The user determines the best combination, how much water what pressure will work ( the gravity and the size of the system). Size and the match for needs establishes the cost. The principles of engineering, basically physics, materials, mathematics etc. ensure success.

James Przewoznik



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