Laminar Fountain Project

The Engineering Process

Good engineers use an iterative prototyping process to learn and to design. The steps of the process are:

  • step 1. construct knowledge
  • step 2. build a math model to predict the performance of your design
  • step 3. build a physical model, take data, and compare to your math model
  • step 4. repeat steps 1 to 3; usually 2 to 5 times.

This process is done in a simple and quick way.


We are designing a laminar fountain for the City of Moscow. I have a first-iteration proto and I need you to figure out the mathematical model and to assess the degree to which your model predicts the performance of the proto.

The proto will be shown in class. Your job is to predict the time for the water level to go from 8 inches to 4 inches.


  • Follow Wales-Woods Process
  • Work in SI units; Use consistent units
  • On-campus: work in teams
  • Outreach: work individually
  • Data will be revealed in class on 10/18/10.

Deliverables (what will be submitted; stapled; folded etc.)

1. Cover Sheet. (fill out and staple on front).
2. Wales-Woods documentation of the task. (handwritten on engineering paper)
3. Reflective Thinking (submit data online; also print a copy of your responses and stable as last page(s).

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