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Water 2015, 7(2), 546-567; doi:10.3390/w7020546

An Innovative Approach for Drainage Network Sizing

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Department of Engineering, University of Naples Parthenope, Centro Direzionale di Napoli, Isola C4, Napoli 80143, Italy
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Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Via Claudio n.21, Napoli 80125, Italy
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Miklas Scholz
Received: 30 July 2014 / Revised: 9 December 2014 / Accepted: 27 January 2015 / Published: 6 February 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Drainage Systems)
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In this paper, a procedure for the optimal design of rural drainage networks is presented and demonstrated. The suggested approach, exploring the potentialities offered by heuristic methods for the solution of complex optimization problems, is based on the use of a Genetic Algorithm (GA), coupled with a steady and uniform flow hydraulic module. In particular, this work has focused: on one hand, on the problems of a technical nature posed by the correct sizing of a drainage network; on the other hand, on the possibility to use a simple but nevertheless efficient GA to reach the minimal cost solution very quickly. The suitability of the approach is tested with reference to small and large scale drainage networks, already considered in the literature. View Full-Text
Keywords: drainage networks; optimization; economic sustainability drainage networks; optimization; economic sustainability
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Cozzolino, L.; Cimorelli, L.; Covelli, C.; Mucherino, C.; Pianese, D. An Innovative Approach for Drainage Network Sizing. Water 2015, 7, 546-567.

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