Evaluation of Water Distribution Network Reliability

by Yeou-Koung Tung, Univ of Wyoming, Water Research, Cent, Laramie, WY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Abstract: This paper briefly describes six techniques developed for evaluating reliability of systems with complex configuration. Also, a brief comment about the computational aspects and applicability of each technique as applied to water distribution system reliability evaluation are made. Five techniques, except the connection matrix method, are applied to a simple looped water distribution system involving four demand points and eight pipe sections. It is found that all methods yield practically the same system reliability. However, from the computational viewpoint, the cut set method with a first-order approximation is the most efficient.

Subject Headings: Water supply systems | System reliability | Water pipelines | Water conservation | Computing in civil engineering | Approximation methods | Network analysis | System analysis

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