Kilkenny College BT Young Scientist team consists of Matt Murtagh White, Jamie Kerr and Andy Jeffers under their mentor Mr. John Poyntz.
Following the last two severe winters the College Young Scientists went about looking at the prevention of pipes freezing.
Damage to water supply due to cold temperatures has always been a problem for home-owners, business owners and town and county councils. The cold conditions cause water to freeze within the pipe, which prevents the system from working and can often lead to a burst pipe. During the harsh winter of 2010, many home-owners left their taps running in order to prevent a build up of ice in their pipes. They came up with a system that attempts to copy that effect without wasting water: circulation. They built an apparatus that circulates water around the water delivery system when the water reaches a freezing temperature. They did this in order to test if water circulation is a practical method of preventing ice build up in water pipes.
From their tests, it appears that water circulation delays the freezing of water within water pipes by quite a bit. They are looking forward to exhibiting it in the RDS which starts today.