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Rams are devices for pumping water solely by means of water-power. The flow and fall of the water powers the Rife Ram, driving a portion of this water uphill. This provides a continuous supply of water day after day, year after year, without interruption in service. Given a steady supply of water, a Ram is the closest thing to a perpetual motion machine. Since the device does not require electricity, there are no operating costs, making the Rife Ram system a highly cost efficient one. In addition, Rife Rams are self-starting and require no lubrication or priming.
Briefly, here’s how a Rife Ram operates: Water flows down the Drive Pipe to the Ram, developing power in accordance to its weight and velocity. The water then flows through the Outside Valve until it reaches a certain velocity. The Valve then closes shut and water continues through the Inside Rubber Valve. When the water pressure in the Air Chamber equalizes and overcomes the driving force behind it, the water in the Drive Pipe rebounds, or backs up.
When the rebound takes place a small amount of air is in sucked through the Air Feed Valve and lodged in the upper portion of the Base. It is then forced into the Air Chamber when the next blow takes place; this prevents the Air Chamber from filling up with water.
This operation is repeated from 25 to 100 times per minute working on a Hydraulic principle, building up pressure in the Air Chamber, which in turn forces water through the Delivery Pipe up to where it is desired.
Once you know the Flow, Fall, Vertical Elevation, and distances to and from the Ram, you are ready to calculate the amount of water the Ram will deliver to you. Multiply the available Flow in gallons per minute (V) by the Vertical Fall in feet (F). Divide that by the vertical Elevation (E). Multiply the result by 0.6 (60%), the normal efficiency of a Rife Ram installation:
V x F/E x 0.6 = D
NOTE: The amount of water used and pumped by RIFE Hydraulic Rams increases with increase in the Vertical Fall from the source of Supply to the Ram, and with increased lift of the Lever Rest during the stroke. This lift determines the opening of the Outside Valve and is adjustable. The range of intake capacity of each model and size of Rife Rams is listed in the Table entitled "Specifications of RIFE Rams" on the back cover of page.
EXAMPLE: A Rife Ram, using a vertical Fall of 12 feet, pumping to an Elevation of 125 feet, will deliver 5.7% of the water used. For a Model 30BU Rife Ram, using 40 gallons per minute, this would be about 2 ¼ gallons per minute. One gallons per minute=60 gallons per hour, or 1440 gallons per day.
More water can be obtained by installing two or more rams in parallel. On irrigation, municipal water supplies and other large projects, a battery of two or more Rife Rams offers unlimited possibilities for an efficient and economical water system. It is often desirable to install two medium sized Rams to pump the same amount of water as one larger sized ram. With a battery installation, the number of Rams in operation can be governed by the amount of water required.