Methods for Reliability Analysis of Water Distribution Networks

by Larry W. Mays, Univ of Texas at Austin, Dep of, Civil Engineering, Austin, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics and Hydrology in the Small Computer Age


A detailed review of the literature reveals that there is currently no universally accepted definition or measure of reliability for water distribution networks. The purpose of this paper is to present a brief review of various techniques for reliability analysis that could be applicable to the design and analysis of water distribution networks. Also, a discussion is given of the much needed research to develop new methodologies for the optimal-reliability based design of water distribution networks.

Subject Headings: Network analysis | Water management | Failure analysis | System reliability | Terminology and definition | Research and development | Hydraulic design | Water supply systems

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