OPNET: A Nonlinear Design Algorithm for Hydraulic Networksby Lindell Ormsbee, Univ of Kentucky, Dep of Civil, Engineering, Lexington, KY, USA,
Abstract: The author has developed a general computer program OPNET to be used in the optimal design of hydraulic networks. The computer program can be used to optimize three basic variables; tank elevation, pump head, and discrete pipe diameter sizes. A modified Box Complex optimization technique is used to minimize a nonlinear objective function while the linear method of hydraulic analysis is used in the evaluation of the network system constraints.
Subject Headings: Hydraulic networks | Hydraulic design | Computer software | Linear analysis | Algorithms | Computer networks | Pumps | Head (fluid mechanics)
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