An Improved Method for Measuring System Performance of Hydraulic Infrastructure Systemsby Sue-Jen Wu, Sinotech Engineering Consultants Inc, Taipei, Taiwan,
Ru-Lin Hsu, Sinotech Engineering Consultants Inc, Taipei, Taiwan,
Abstract: Due to the public awareness of the importance of functioning of hydraulic infrastructure systems and the serious consequences caused by their failure, many researches were undertaken to evaluate the performance of these systems. However, most of the work was concentrated on evaluating system performance based only on simple connectivity concept. This measure is not realistic and is ineffective in capturing system behavior since it does not address both the capacity and pressure requirements. Although some work has been done to incorporate the capacity effect into the performance measure, current methodologies are all in the class of NP-hard. This paper presents an improved method for measuring system performance of hydraulic infrastructure systems. Large systems can now be analyzed in reasonable computation time by the presented algorithm. This method provides us with quantitative measurements which can be utilized as the basis for developing sound maintenance strategies.
Subject Headings: Hydraulic networks | Hydraulics | Infrastructure | Quality control | Algorithms | Maintenance | System analysis | Public health and safety
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