Short-term operational planning of water grids

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Ashbolt, Stephanie Camille (2016) Short-term operational planning of water grids. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


Water grids are a diverse and interconnected water supply systems that are emerging in response to the pressures of climate variability, climate change, and population growth. Water grid operation is guided by operating rules, which aim to manage supply and demand to meet multiple management criteria such as maximising water security, minimising operational cost, and minimising energy use. However, the diversity and interconnectedness of these water grids increases the number of possible configurations of the operating rules, and combined with uncertainty in forecast conditions, makes find optimal operating rules more challenging. Further, trade-offs between the criteria mean that multiple sets of operating rules can be considered optimal. Thus, this thesis proposes and demonstrates a framework of methods to meet these challenges and identify a set of optimal operating rules to support short-term – 1 to 5 year – operational planning of water grids.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0905 Civil Engineering
Current > Division/Research > College of Science and Engineering
Keywords urban water management, water grids, operational planning, systems modelling, pareto-optimal, simulation, optimisation, streamflow, operational planning, optimised networks, South East Queensland, Victoria
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