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DTU Publications on Water Lifting

The main internal publications of the DTU are Working Papers, Technical Releases and Research Notes. Most DTU publications are available here for download in a number of formats and hard copies of Working Papers are available free on request to the DTU. Technical Releases will also be sent free on request but only to addressees in developing countries.

  • Technical Releases contain descriptions of designs/techniques for use by manufacturers, extension agents and users of equipment, written in fairly simple English to make them more accessible to technicians speaking other languages

  • Working Papers are used for descriptions of research findings and are written for a "professional" audience: comments are welcome. In some cases revised versions are subsequently published in outside journals.

  • Externaly reviewed publications have mainly been published in books, journal articals and conference proceedings. When available, we provide a link to the published document and where there is a cost for the publication and copywrite restrictions allow, a free copy of the final draft submitted before publication. Other externally reviewed publications available here are substantive Project Reports which have been presented to various sponsors of our work and post-graduate theses.

  • Research Notes are smaller outputs from our research,progress reports of research undertaken by the DTU but as yet incomplete, case study material, and exceptional undergraduate research reports. Often these notes form the basis of fuller Working Paper. This section also contain


Technical Releases

TR10a Computerised Ram Pump Calculators: A short Users Guide Abstract

Full document (12 pp, 400kb) (PDF Document)

TR10b Ram Pump System Calculators (1996) Abstract Full document (10 pp, 200kb) (PDF Document)
TR11 DTU S1 Hydraulic Ram Pump Abstract

Full document (12 pp, 300kb) (PDF Document)

TR12 DTU P90 Hydraulic Ram Pump Abstract

Full document (34 pp, 740kb) (PDF Document)

TR13 New Developments in Hydraulic Ram Pumping (1996) Abstract

Full document (6 pp, 70kb) (PDF Document)

TR14 DTU S2 Hydraulic Ram Pump Abstract

Full document (44 pp, 1.0Mb) (PDF Document)

TR15 How Ram Pumps Work Abstract

Full document (17 pp, 330kb) (PDF Document)

TR16 Introduction to Hydraulic Ram Pumps and the DTU Range Abstract

Full document (28 pp, 450kb) (PDF Document)

System design notes Ram Pump System Design Notes Abstract

Full Document: (19pp, 580kb) (PDF Document)

TR-RWH 09 Low cost handpumps for water extraction from below ground water tanks (2000) Abstract Full document (28pp, 490kb) (PDF Document)

Working Papers

WP32 Potential for Non-motorised Irrigation of Small Farms in Manicaland (1991) Abstract

Full Document: (15pp, 780kb) (PDF Document)

WP33 Performance Comparison of DTU and Commercial Hydraulic Ram Pumps (1991) Abstract

Full Document: (39pp, 690kb) (PDF Document)

WP34 The Treadle Pump (1991) Abstract Full Document: (37pp, 770kb) (PDF Document)
WP39 The Performance Testing of Treadle Pumps (1993) Abstract
WP41 Algebraic Modelling of the Behaviour of Hydraulic Ram Pumps (1994) Abstract

Full Document: (26pp, 660kb) (PDF Document)


Externally Reviewed

Jeffery et. al., Handbook ITDG, 1992 Hydraulic Ram Pumps: A guide to ram pump water supply systems Abstract

Available from the publisher's site

Thomas, 20th WEDC Conf., 1994
Disseminating ram pump technology Abstract Paper from the conference site

Research Notes

Whitehead, UGP, 2001 Undergraduate Project Report - Development and Selection of Low Cost Handpumps for Domestic Rainwater Water Tanks in E. Africa Abstract

Full Document: (65pp, 1.3Mb) (PDF Document)