## Tips for modeling Force Mains (FM) in #SWMM5 and #InfoSWMM

It often helps to add a break node to a long force main (especially if it joins the Gravity Main (GM) system at the end of the FM):
1. Adding a Surcharge Node at the end of the Force Main (FM): The implementation of a surcharge node at the end of the force main can be seen as a good modeling practice in hydraulic engineering. This node acts as a buffer or transition point between the pressurized flow in the force main and the gravity-fed flow in the gravity main. By doing so, it allows for the accurate representation of the behavior of flows transitioning from a force main to a gravity main.

2. The FM has a d/D ratio of 1 most of the time: In hydraulic modeling, the d/D ratio is a representation of the flow depth (d) to pipe diameter (D) ratio. In a force main, the d/D ratio is typically 1, indicating that the pipe is running full. This makes sense because force mains, unlike gravity sewers, are designed to operate under pressure and thus are usually completely filled with the flow. This d/D ratio is a crucial parameter to keep in mind when dealing with force mains and their transition to gravity mains.

3. Avoiding an abrupt transition between the FM and GM system: The introduction of a surcharge node can help mitigate the potential problems associated with the abrupt transition from the force main (FM) to the gravity main (GM). An abrupt transition can lead to hydraulic issues, such as a sudden drop in flow velocity and potential backflows. These problems can lead to pipe damage or even system failure. The addition of a surcharge node helps to better manage this transition, making the system more resilient to such problems. This practice, therefore, enhances the reliability and efficiency of the combined force main and gravity main system.

By carefully considering these points and strategically incorporating them into the system design, you can effectively mitigate potential issues and ensure a more robust and resilient sewer system operation.

 Plotting a Reference Graph in InfoSWMM makes it easy to see how the Pumps react to Wet Well Depths.
 FM to GM Transitions

 Break Node in FM's

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