Nonlinear heuristic for pump operations

Lindell E. Ormsbee, Srinivasa L. Reddy

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A nonlinear heuristic is developed for use in obtaining least-cost pump-operation policies for multisource, multitank water-distribution systems. The proposed algorithm links a minimum-cost-constraint identification methodology with a network-simulation model in order to provide the resulting policy. The algorithm has the advantage of being computationally efficient while incorporating the nonlinear characteristics of the water-distribution network. In addition, the algorithm has the added advantage of providing several feasible solutions to the control problem, which then provides the system operator with increased flexibility in selecting a particular policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-309
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Water Resources Planning and Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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