Perturbation Indicators for On-Demand Pressurized Irrigation Systems
AbstractThe perturbation in hydraulic networks for irrigation systems is often created when sudden changes in flow rates occur in the pipes. This is essentially due to the manipulation of hydrants and depends mainly on the gate closure time. Such a perturbation may lead to a significant pressure variation that may cause a pipe breakage. In a recent study, computer code simulating unsteady flow in pressurized irrigation systems—generated by the farmers’ behavior—was developed and the obtained results led to the introduction of an indicator called the relative pressure variation (RPV) to evaluate the pressure variation occurring into the system, with respect to the steady-state pressure. In the present study, two indicators have been set up: The hydrant risk indicator (HRI), defined as the ratio between the participation of the hydrant in the riskiest configurations and its total number of participations; and the relative pressure exceedance (RPE), which provides the variation of the unsteady state pressure with respect to the nominal pressure. The two indicators could help managers better understand the network behavior with respect to the perturbation by defining the riskiest hydrants and the potentially affected pipes. The present study was applied to an on-demand pressurized irrigation system in Southern Italy. View Full-Text
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Derardja, B.; Lamaddalena, N.; Fratino, U. Perturbation Indicators for On-Demand Pressurized Irrigation Systems. Water 2019, 11, 558.
Derardja B, Lamaddalena N, Fratino U. Perturbation Indicators for On-Demand Pressurized Irrigation Systems. Water. 2019; 11(3):558.Chicago/Turabian Style
Derardja, Bilal; Lamaddalena, Nicola; Fratino, Umberto. 2019. "Perturbation Indicators for On-Demand Pressurized Irrigation Systems." Water 11, no. 3: 558.
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