Water transmission and distribution systems are pressurized hydraulic networks, consisting of pipes and other appurtenant components such as reservoirs, pumps, valves and surge devices. Analysis, design and flow control problems in such systems can best be dealt with using network synthesis. This approach aims to directly determine design variables in order to achieve a specified behaviour of the system under steady state or transient flow conditions. There are enormous advantages to be achieved in applying such a model to a wide variety of problems in engineering practice. The innovative theoretical framework described in this thesis, incorporates necessary and sufficient conditions for solvability, as well as methods/algorithms for the efficient solution of network problems.
Table of Contents
2. Background and Objectives of the Study
3. A Generalized Network Model
4. Network Solvability
5. Steady State Simulation: An Optimization Approach
6. Priniciples of Control of Pressure Surges
7. Optimal Control of Pressure Surges by Valve Operations
8. Transient System Component Design for Pressure Surges
9. Control of Transients using Elastic Model
10. Conclusions and Recommendations
Rakesh Kumar Gupta (1962, Lakhimpurkheri, India) studied Civil Engineering at Delhi College of Engineering. In 1986 he joined Central Water Commission, Ministry of Water Resources, New Delhi obtaining an M.Tech. in Applied Mechanics in 1992. At UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands he studied Hydraulic Engineering, specializing in River Basin Development, and obtained his MSc with distinction in 1994. In his PhD dissertation he develops a network synthesis approach for analysis and control of flows in pressurized hydraulic networks, which is applied to both steady state and transient flows in hydraulic pipe networks.