Water fountains have been used for thousands of years for utilitarian and aesthetic purposes. The design of a fountain provides an excellent opportunity as a multidisciplinary project for engineering and art students. In this paper, detailed design of an indoor fountain with a special effect feature is presented. Comprising of nine individual jets, the fountain produces letters of the alphabet, simple shapes, and symbols with water jets. A microcontroller is programmed to create and sequence through interesting arrangements of water displays. With a total material cost of $550, this design, or variations of it, can be adopted for various implementations in fluids and design courses. Suggestions for student design projects are also made.
Design of a Microcontrolled Water Fountain
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Shakerin, S. "Design of a Microcontrolled Water Fountain." Proceedings of the ASME/JSME 2003 4th Joint Fluids Summer Engineering Conference. Volume 2: Symposia, Parts A, B, and C. Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. July 6–10, 2003. pp. 1027-1032. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/FEDSM2003-45485
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