This paper presents a new method for identifying the segments that are formed after the installation and closure of isolation valves in a water distribution network. This method is able to identify segments also when one-way devices are installed in the network. Thanks to its short computing times, the method enables the analysis of real networks which always comprise a large number of nodes and pipes. The numerical examples presented in this paper refer to two real water distribution networks. The first network is a part of a provincial network where two one-way devices are present; the second is a complex urban network without one-way devices. The method was first used to analyse the existing situation in both networks, i.e. the set of segments that are formed as a consequence of the present valve system. The method was subsequently used for the problem of the hypothetic redesign of the isolation valve system in the second urban network, i.e. the search for the optimal positions of the isolation valves in the network; in the redesign phase it provided solutions which are more cost-effective than the configuration of isolation valves currently present, the level of water service reliability being the same.

Segment identification in water distribution systems

ALVISI, Stefano;CREACO, Enrico Fortunato;FRANCHINI, Marco
2011

Abstract

This paper presents a new method for identifying the segments that are formed after the installation and closure of isolation valves in a water distribution network. This method is able to identify segments also when one-way devices are installed in the network. Thanks to its short computing times, the method enables the analysis of real networks which always comprise a large number of nodes and pipes. The numerical examples presented in this paper refer to two real water distribution networks. The first network is a part of a provincial network where two one-way devices are present; the second is a complex urban network without one-way devices. The method was first used to analyse the existing situation in both networks, i.e. the set of segments that are formed as a consequence of the present valve system. The method was subsequently used for the problem of the hypothetic redesign of the isolation valve system in the second urban network, i.e. the search for the optimal positions of the isolation valves in the network; in the redesign phase it provided solutions which are more cost-effective than the configuration of isolation valves currently present, the level of water service reliability being the same.
Alvisi, Stefano; Creaco, Enrico Fortunato; Franchini, Marco
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