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Methodology for Pumping Station Design Based on Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP)

Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering Department, Universitat Politècnica de València, 46022 Valencia, Spain
Departamento de Ingeniería y Gestión de la Construcción, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de Talca, Camino Los Niches km.1, Curicó 3340000, Chile
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Academic Editor: Armando Carravetta
Water 2021, 13(20), 2886;
Received: 28 July 2021 / Revised: 12 October 2021 / Accepted: 12 October 2021 / Published: 14 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Hydraulic Engineering Simulation and Calculation)
Pumping station (PS) designs in water networks basically contemplate technical and economic aspects. Technical aspects could be related to the number of pumps in PS and the operational modes of PS. Meanwhile, economic aspects could be related to all the costs that intervene in a PS design, such as investment, operational and maintenance costs. In general, water network designs are usually focused on optimizing operational costs or investment costs, However, some subjective technical aspects have not been approached, such as determining the most suitable pump model, the most suitable number of pumps and the complexity of control system operation in a PS design. Therefore, the present work aims to select the most suitable pump model and determine the priorities that technical and economic factors could have in a PS design by a multi-criteria analysis, such as an analytic hierarchy process (AHP). The proposed work will contemplate two main criteria, and every criterion will be integrated by sub-criteria to design a PS. In this way, technical factors (number of pumps and complexity of the operating system) and economic factors (investment, operational and maintenance costs) will be considered for a PS design. The proposed methodology consists of realizing surveys to a different group of experts that determines the importance of one criterion over each other criterion in a PS design through pairwise comparisons. Finally, this methodology will provide importance weight for the criteria and sub-criteria on the PS. Besides, this work will perform a rating of the considered alternatives of pump models in every case study, evaluating quantitatively every alternative with every criterion in the PS design. The main objective of this work will select the most adequate pump model according to the obtained rating, considering technical and economic aspects in every case study. View Full-Text
Keywords: pumping station; AHP; criteria; rating pumping station; AHP; criteria; rating
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Briceño-León, C.X.; Sanchez-Ferrer, D.S.; Iglesias-Rey, P.L.; Martinez-Solano, F.J.; Mora-Melia, D. Methodology for Pumping Station Design Based on Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP). Water 2021, 13, 2886.

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Briceño-León CX, Sanchez-Ferrer DS, Iglesias-Rey PL, Martinez-Solano FJ, Mora-Melia D. Methodology for Pumping Station Design Based on Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP). Water. 2021; 13(20):2886.

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Briceño-León, Christian X., Diana S. Sanchez-Ferrer, Pedro L. Iglesias-Rey, F. Javier Martinez-Solano, and Daniel Mora-Melia. 2021. "Methodology for Pumping Station Design Based on Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP)" Water 13, no. 20: 2886.

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