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Water 2018, 10(3), 307; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10030307

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

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College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter, Streatham Campus, North Park Road, Exeter, Devon EX4 4QF, UK
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Faculty of Science and Technology, Federation University Australia, Mt Helen Campus, University Drive, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
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Received: 16 January 2018 / Revised: 21 February 2018 / Accepted: 22 February 2018 / Published: 13 March 2018
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: water distribution systems; optimisation; literature review; design; rehabilitation; algorithms water distribution systems; optimisation; literature review; design; rehabilitation; algorithms
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Mala-Jetmarova, H.; Sultanova, N.; Savic, D. Lost in Optimisation of Water Distribution Systems? A Literature Review of System Design. Water 2018, 10, 307.

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