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A New Vulnerability Measure for Water Distribution Network

Department of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, University of Calabria, street Pietro Bucci, cube 42b, 87036 Rende, Italy
Innovation Engineering Department, University of Salento, Via Monteroni, Ecotekne, I-73100 Lecce, Italy
Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection (IRPI), CNR, 87036 Rende (CS), Italy
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Water 2018, 10(8), 1005;
Received: 25 June 2018 / Revised: 25 July 2018 / Accepted: 27 July 2018 / Published: 30 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Urban Water Management)
The main objective of a water distribution network is to provide water to users in compliance with quality and service standards under different conditions. The ability to meet the water demand at the nodes, under the required pressures head, depends on many characteristic factors of the water network, such as various infrastructural components. A water distribution network is a complex system consisting of numerous structural elements and dependent by several factors. Resilience, robustness and vulnerability are of great interest, for these systems, in relation to the possible failure conditions which may compromise the network’s ability to fulfill the project conditions. Vulnerability measures how much the network is fragile: a higher value of vulnerability means that the network is prone to fail in achieving the project conditions. In the present work, a new vulnerability measure based on a topological approach is proposed. A first application of the proposed vulnerability measure on two water networks known in the literature is described, and the obtained results are compared with other performance indices showing a significant correlation. View Full-Text
Keywords: water supply system; network vulnerability; network performance analysis models water supply system; network vulnerability; network performance analysis models
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Maiolo, M.; Pantusa, D.; Carini, M.; Capano, G.; Chiaravalloti, F.; Procopio, A. A New Vulnerability Measure for Water Distribution Network. Water 2018, 10, 1005.

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