Optimization in Design of Pumping Systems

by Arun K. Deb, (M.ASCE), Principal Environmental Systems Engineer; Roy F. Weston, Inc., West Chester, Pa.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 1, Pg. 127-136

Document Type: Journal Paper


A method for the direct least-cost solution of pipe size in a pumping system consisting of pumping station and pipe for known flow incorporating various cost functions is being developed. The method developed gives optimum size of pipe in a pumping system in seeking an overall least-cost solution. The method has been extended for long-term planning to determine optimum timing of phasing a pumping system with growing demand rate. The cost sensitivity of the system with the various parameters has been studied, and a comparatively simple solution for optimum size of a pipeline in a pumping system has been suggested. The method outlined herein is simple and can be efficiently used for least-cost design of a pumping system with the help of a calculator. The applicability of the approach has been illustrated with a problem.

Subject Headings: Financial management | Pipelines | Pumps | Pumping stations | Pipe flow | Parameters (statistics) | Comparative studies | Pipe sizes

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