A Methodology for Optimal Network Design

by Kevin Lansey, Univ of Texas at Austin, Dep of, Civil Engineering, Austin, TX, USA,
Larry Mays, Univ of Texas at Austin, Dep of, Civil Engineering, Austin, TX, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Applications in Water Resources

Abstract: A methodology is developed to optimize the design of water distribution networks using reduced gradient techniques with a network simulator. The problem is reduced in complexity by incorporating a network simulator into the optimization model. This allows a more general problem to be solved including pipe sizing for new and expanding systems, pump sizing, valves, and storage facilities. In addition, the reduced problem can consider large networks under a number of loading conditions.

Subject Headings: Optimization models | Simulation models | Storage facilities | Hydraulic design | Water use | Pipelines | Waste storage | Valves

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