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Water 2018, 10(6), 734; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10060734

Decision Support for the Design and Operation of Variable Speed Pumps in Water Supply Systems

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Fraunhofer Institute ITWM, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Institute for Turbomachinery and Fluid Mechanics, University of Kaiserslautern, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany
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Received: 29 March 2018 / Revised: 18 May 2018 / Accepted: 30 May 2018 / Published: 5 June 2018
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Abstract

The design and operation of water supply systems is a multicriteria task; the energy efficiency should be minimized while, at the same time, respecting technical requirements, such as the balanced operation of available pumps. On one hand, the overall system can be improved by the use of variable speed pumps. They increase the number of operating options. On the other hand, they add more complexity to the operation problem. In this paper, we discuss the difficulties associated with speed control and propose a decision support system to overcome them. View Full-Text
Keywords: decision support; speed control; water supply management; pump operation; pump design; optimization decision support; speed control; water supply management; pump operation; pump design; optimization
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Nowak, D.; Krieg, H.; Bortz, M.; Geil, C.; Knapp, A.; Roclawski, H.; Böhle, M. Decision Support for the Design and Operation of Variable Speed Pumps in Water Supply Systems. Water 2018, 10, 734.

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