Reliability Analysis of a Multi-Reservoir Water Distribution System

by Shu-li Yang, UCLA, Los Angeles, United States,
Nien-Sheng Hsu, (A.M.ASCE), UCLA, Los Angeles, United States,
Peter W. F. Louie, UCLA, Los Angeles, United States,
William W-G. Yeh, (M.ASCE), UCLA, Los Angeles, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems


A methodology for evaluating system reliability is developed to assist in the planning and management of a multi-reservoir water distribution system. The minimum cut-set approach is employed in the reliability model in which an optimization model is included. The methodology focuses on the determination of minimum cut-sets, subject to system failure criterion. A composite objective function is used in the optimization model and the resulting linear programming problem is solved by an embedded generalized network algorithm which takes advantage of the predominantly network structure of the problem.

Subject Headings: Water supply systems | System reliability | Reservoirs | Management methods | Hydrologic models | Optimization models | Failure analysis | Composite structures

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