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Todo sobre hidráulica en las fuentes de agua ornamentales

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Juan Eusebio González Fariñas

Juan Eusebio González Fariñas

Juan Eusebio González Fariñas is Doctor in Civil Engineering, a lecturer of various subjects within Hydraulics, and more than anything, a huge architectural water fountain enthusiast. He has been Professor of Hydraulic Engineering at the University of La Laguna (Canary Islands) since 1995 and prior to that, between 1974 and 1994, he worked as a lecturer and researcher at the Hydraulic Research Center (C.I.H.) belonging to the "José Antonio Echeverría" Higher Polytechnic Institute (I.S.P.J.A.E.) in Havana.

He is a founding member of the School of Civil and Industrial Engineering (E.I.C.I.) at the University of La Laguna, for which he was the academic director from its creation until mid-2007.

He has won several awards throughout his career. Foremost among them was the prize he won at the International World Federation of Engineers (WEFEO'93) and the "Alfonso Gámez" Award from the College of Civil Engineers in December 2007.

He has devoted much of his life to research and teaching. He is the author of several websites, teaching materials, articles and various technical papers. Of them all, and given its close ties with the subject of this technical blog, we would like to highlight his book on the "Hidráulica de Fuentes Ornamentales (Hydraulics of Architectural Fountains)", published in 1998. In 2011, he brought out an updated version, extended to include Water Games, Slides and Spas: "Hidráulica de Fuentes Ornamentales e instalaciones acuáticas (the Hydraulics of Architectural Fountains and Water Features)". He is currently preparing an English edition under the title "Water Fountains. Art and Technology”.

List of professional articles and papers:
  • Hydraulics of Water Fountains/ Open Course Ware. The composition of a fountain in our times has to be a blend of rigorous artistic labor with visual creativity and technology in order to enhance the perception of "permanent" time in a physical area.

  • Website on the hydraulics of water fountains, originally produced in 1998, it is inspired on the motto: ‘If you have learned something and not passed it on ... you run the worst of risks: to know you are wise but also … bogged down’, written from the viewpoint of ‘technology … at the service of the artist’s imagination’

Juan Eusebio González Fariñas es Doctor Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, profesor de materias diversas de Hidráulica y, sobre todo, un apasionado de las fuentes ornamentales. Desde 1995 trabaja como profesor titular de Ingeniería Hidráulica en la Universidad de la Laguna (Canarias) y entre 1974 y 1994, trabajó como profesor e investigador en el Centro de Investigaciones Hidráulicas (C. I. H.) del Instituto Superior Politécnico “José Antonio Echeverría” (I. S. P. J. A. E.) en La Habana.

Es miembro fundador de la Escuela de Ingeniería Civil e Industrial (E. I. C. I.) de la Universidad de la Laguna y ocupó responsabilidades en la dirección académica de la misma, desde su creación hasta mediados de 2007.

A lo largo de su carrera profesional ha obtenido diferentes premios. Destacan, entre ellos, un Premio en el Concurso Internacional de la Federación Mundial de Ingenieros (WEFEO´93) y el Premio “Alfonso Gámez”, del Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, en Diciembre de 2007.

Ha dedicado gran parte de su vida a la investigación y a la docencia. Es autor de varias páginas web, materiales docentes, artículos y monografías técnicas diversas. De todos ellos, y por la relación que tiene con este blog técnico, se destaca el Libro sobre Hidráulica de Fuentes Ornamentales, editado en 1998. En 2011 publicó una edición actualizada y ampliada con instalaciones de Juegos de agua, Toboganes y Spas: “Hidráulica de Fuentes Ornamentales e instalaciones acuáticas”. Actualmente prepara una edición inglesa bajo el título “Water Fountains. Art and Technology”.

Listado de artículos y participaciones de carácter profesional:
  • Hidráulica de Fuentes Ornamentales / Open Course Ware. La composición de una fuente ha de ser, en nuestro tiempo, el resultado de un riguroso parto artístico en el que se combinen la creatividad plástica y la tecnología en la intención de reforzar la percepción temporal, o "permanente", de un espacio.
  • Página web sobre hidráulica de fuentes ornamentales, original de 1998, está inspirada en el lema: Si se ha aprendido algo, y no se transmite...se corre el peor de los riesgos: soñarse sabio ...¡ y estancarse ! y escrita con la premisa de la tecnología, ...al servicio de la imaginación del artista

We finished the second installment of this section by discussing water treatment in water feature fountains and now we resume this blog talking about water drainage in architectural water fountains.

7.-Draining water from architectural fountains. In most cases, a water drainage system comprises the overflow, bottom drain plug, wall penetrations and a drain network:Read More

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Design of Pumps rooms in an architectural fountains

Continuing with our description of the components of architectural fountains that started in the first part of this section, we now turn to pump chambers or rooms, essential items in the design and installation of any water feature fountain.

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Diagram of an architectural fountain design

When tackling the design of an architectural fountain, it is important to consider the various components. This is exactly what we intend to do in this, and future installments of this Blog.

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