In this paper, a general procedure for the optimal design of urban drainage networks is proposed taking into account realistic technical constraints and the management cost of the automatic flushing devices. The procedure, which is based on the utilisation of a standard genetic algorithm, is first tested with reference to a urban drainage network taken from the literature, while a second test case is considered in order to evaluate the impact of different input parameters and constraints on the optimisation problem. In particular, we evaluate: (i) the effect of considering the crown elevation of the network outlet not fixed a priori but variable in a given range; (ii) the effect of imposing that the size of the conduit downstream a node should be not smaller than the sizes of the conduits upstream; and (iii) the effect of modifying input parameters such as the peak wastewater discharge or the management unit costs.
|Titolo:||Optimal design of urban drainage networks|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|