Optimum Design of Complex Water Resource Projects

by David Stephenson, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Engr.; Rand Water Board, Johannesburg, South Africa,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 6, Pg. 1229-1246

Document Type: Journal Paper


Permissible draft from reservoirs is related to reservoir capacity by draft-storage-frequency analysis and the resulting draft-storage curves are expressed in algebraic form suitable for the optimum design of the reservoir system by linear programming. The curves are general and can apply to a number of reservoirs together. The principle of decomposition of linear programs is used to divide complex systems into projects, at the same time considering interbasin links. The river basins are then optimized using operations research techniques on individual basins or projects. A mathematical model of the Vaal and Tugela river basins in South Africa is used as an example.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Reservoirs | Basins | Hydraulic design | Linear analysis | Curvature | Computer programming | Decomposition | South Africa | Africa

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