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Water Distribution System Optimization Accounting for Worst-Case Transient Loadings

B. S. Jung1 *

  1. HydraTek & Associates, Vaughan, Ontario L4L 8S5, Canada

*Corresponding author. Tel.: 416-238-7681. E-mail address: (B. S. Jung).


This paper presents optimal transient design as a two-step optimization problem - identification and mitigation of the worst-case in a water distribution system. In the first step, particle swarm optimization was used to identify the set of critical nodes that result in the worst-case transient loading condition. In the second step, dual-objective optimization was used to determine the optimal pipe sizes that simultaneously minimize cost and the likelihood of damaging transient events, measured by a parameter named surge damage potential factor. Nondominated sorting genetic algorithms were combined with transient analysis to produce a set of Paretooptimal solutions in the search space of pipe cost and surge damage potential factor. The New York tunnel system was tested as a case and results show that the worst-case was not always obvious and cannot always be assumed a priori. Therefore, a comprehensive and systematic optimization is required to identify the worst-case in a network. It also confirmed that transient consideration in a design phase, in conjunction with conventional least-cost pipe size optimization, will help water utilities yield tangible cost savings along with
improvement in system performance.

Keywords: optimization, surge control, transient, water distribution system, worst-case scenario

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