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Type: Journal article
Title: Advances in water distribution networks
Author: Creaco, E.
Pezzinga, G.
Citation: Water: an open access journal, 2018; 10(11):1546-1-1546-8
Publisher: MDPI
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 2073-4441
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Enrico Creaco, Giuseppe Pezzinga
Abstract: This Editorial presents a representative collection of 10 papers, presented in the Special Issue on Advances in Water Distribution Networks (WDNs), and frames them in the current research trends. Four topics are mainly explored: simulation and optimization modelling, topology and partitioning, water quality, and service effectiveness. As for the first topic, the following aspects are dealt with: pressure-driven formulations, algorithms for the optimal location of control valves to minimize leakage, benefits of water discharge prediction for the remote real time control (RTC) of valves, and transients generated by pumps operating as turbines (PATs). In the context of the second topic, a topological taxonomy of WDNs is presented, and partitioning methods for the creation of district metered areas (DMAs) are compared. With regards to the third topic, the vulnerability to trihalomethane is assessed, and a statistical optimization model is presented to minimise heavy metal releases. Finally, the fourth topic focusses on estimation of non-revenue water (NRW), inclusive of leakage and unauthorized consumption, and on assessment of service under intermittent supply conditions.
Keywords: Water distribution networks; non-revenue water; leakage; energy; real time control; pumps as turbine; pressure-driven analysis; topology; partitioning; district metered areas; water quality; trihalomethane; heavy metals
Rights: © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
DOI: 10.3390/w10111546
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