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Topological Taxonomy of Water Distribution Networks

Dipartimento di Ingegneria, Universitá degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, via Roma 29, 81031 Aversa, Italy
Action Group CTRL+SWAN of the European Innovation Partnership on Water, EU, via Roma 29, 81031 Aversa, Italy
Istituto Sistemi Complessi (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), via dei Taurini 19, 00185 Roma, Italy
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Water 2018, 10(4), 444;
Received: 13 February 2018 / Revised: 23 March 2018 / Accepted: 1 April 2018 / Published: 8 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Water Distribution Networks)
Water Distribution Networks (WDNs) can be regarded as complex networks and modeled as graphs. In this paper, Complex Network Theory is applied to characterize the behavior of WDNs from a topological point of view, reviewing some basic metrics, exploring their fundamental properties and the relationship between them. The crucial aim is to understand and describe the topology of WDNs and their structural organization to provide a novel tool of analysis which could help to find new solutions to several arduous problems of WDNs. The aim is to understand the role of the topological structure in the WDNs functioning. The methodology is applied to 21 existing networks and 13 literature networks. The comparison highlights some topological peculiarities and the possibility to define a set of best design parameters for ex-novo WDNs that could also be used to build hypothetical benchmark networks retaining the typical structure of real WDNs. Two well-known types of network ((a) square grid; and (b) random graph) are used for comparison, aiming at defining a possible mathematical model for WDNs. Finally, the interplay between topology and some performance requirements of WDNs is discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: water distribution network management; complex network theory; topological analysis; mathematical model water distribution network management; complex network theory; topological analysis; mathematical model
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Giudicianni, C.; Di Nardo, A.; Di Natale, M.; Greco, R.; Santonastaso, G.F.; Scala, A. Topological Taxonomy of Water Distribution Networks. Water 2018, 10, 444.

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Giudicianni C, Di Nardo A, Di Natale M, Greco R, Santonastaso GF, Scala A. Topological Taxonomy of Water Distribution Networks. Water. 2018; 10(4):444.

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Giudicianni, Carlo, Armando Di Nardo, Michele Di Natale, Roberto Greco, Giovanni F. Santonastaso, and Antonio Scala. 2018. "Topological Taxonomy of Water Distribution Networks" Water 10, no. 4: 444.

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