Using entropy in water distribution networks

T. T. Tanyimboh, A. B. Templeman

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A new approach to water network reliability is described that uses pipe flow entropy as a surrogate measure of reliability. Flow entropy does not measure reliability directly but appears to have all the properties of an accurate quantitative and qualitative reliability measure. It has the advantages of being easy to calculate for existing systems and easy to incorporate into cost optimization design procedures. An overview of the background to the development of network flow entropy is provided here along with a demonstration of the use and merits of flow entropy as a surrogate measure of reliability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegrated Computer Applications in Water Supply
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1- Methods and Procedures for System Simulation and Control
EditorsBryan Coulbeck
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 1993

Publication series

NameEngineering Control Series


  • water distribution systems
  • informational entropy
  • maximum entropy formalism
  • surrogate reliability measures
  • design optimization
  • constrained nonlinear programming
  • redundancy
  • resilience


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