Hydraulically predictable water distribution networks

T. Tanyimboh, Y. Setiadi, B.H.V. Topping (Editor), C.A. Mota Soares (Editor)

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There is a considerable amount of uncertainty associated with the design and operation of water distribution systems. These include: long-term projections of the growth in demand; the spatial distribution of the nodal demands coupled with diurnal and seasonal consumption patterns; variations in electricity/energy tariffs; bursts and component failures; possible changes in pipe diameters and roughness with age. Following a pipe failure/removal or large localised increase in demand, flows in pipe networks are rerouted in complex ways which are generally difficult to predict prior to a full simulation of the network concerned. This can cause difficulties and further uncertainty at the design stage, because of the general inability to identify the critical elements of the network.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the fourth international conference on engineering computational technology
Place of PublicationStirlingshire, United Kingdom
PublisherCivil-Comp Press
ISBN (Print)1759-3433
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • water distribution networks
  • informational entropy
  • design optimisation
  • hydraulic reliability
  • fire-fighting
  • pressure-dependent modelling
  • energy dissipation

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