Lost in Optimisation of Water Distribution Systems? A Literature Review of System Design

  • Helena Mala-Jetmarova, Nargiz Sultanova, Dragan Savic
  • Water, March 2018, MDPI AG
  • DOI: 10.3390/w10030307

A detailed literature review of papers devoted to optimal design of water distribution systems

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

What is it about?

Optimisation of water distribution system design is a well-established research field, which has been extremely productive since the end of the 1980s. Its primary focus is to minimise the cost of a proposed pipe network infrastructure. This paper reviews in a systematic manner articles published over the past three decades, which are relevant to the design of new water distribution systems, and the strengthening, expansion and rehabilitation of existing water distribution systems, inclusive of design timing, parameter uncertainty, water quality, and operational considerations. It identifies trends and limits in the field, and provides future research directions. Exclusively, this review paper also contains comprehensive information from over one hundred and twenty publications in a tabular form, including optimisation model formulations, solution methodologies used, and other important details.

Why is it important?

Any researcher embarking on research about optimised design of water systems should start from this paper.

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