Entropy based design of "Anytown" water distribution network

TD Prasad, Tiku Tanyimboh

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Design optimization of looped water distribution networks has been a thoroughly researched problem for the last four decades. However, very few works have been published dealing with the optimal design of complex water distribution networks containing various network elements, such as the "Anytown" water distribution network. The central theme of the present work is to develop a design model satisfying the following requirements: (i) GAs are developed for unconstrained optimization problems. That is, they have difficulty in handling constraints in a constrained optimization problem, so the solution strategy should reduce the number of constraints that must be handled by GA and (ii) existing/new tanks should utilize their full operational capacity and exhibit good recirculation capabilities such that water quality problems are reduced. Keeping these two aspects in mind a new optimization model including a tank design procedure, which requires complete description of a tank’s parameters, is proposed. Minimization of Network cost and maximization of flow entropy are considered as the two objectives. A multi-objective genetic algorithm, namely NSGA-II, is used and the efficacy of the proposed model is demonstrated. It will be shown that the flow entropy could be used as a surrogate reliability measure and that it alleviates drawbacks of some of the other surrogate measures such as resilience index. New results obtained for the "Anytown" network show that the model manages to find better solutions and satisfy all the constraints including pressure constraints in EPS.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008
EventWater Distribution Systems Analysis 2008 - Kruger National Park, South Africa
Duration: 17 Aug 200820 Aug 2008


ConferenceWater Distribution Systems Analysis 2008
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
CityKruger National Park


  • water distribution systems
  • recirculation
  • tank design


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