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The verification of a behavioural model for simulating the hydraulic performance of rainwater harvesting systems

This paper describes the field testing of a commercially available rainwater harvesting or collection system and the verification of a model which simulates system performance. A rainwater harvesting system was installed successively into three properties and monitored for periods of twelve, six and eight months. The model verified is a behavioural model which simulates the operation of the rainwater collector’s storage tank with respect to time by routing simulated mass flows through an algorithm which describes the operation of the store. The input data in time series form is used to simulate the mass flow through the model based upon a time interval of either, a minute, hour, day or month.

 

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