Berkeley Fluids Seminar

University of California, Berkeley

Bring your lunch and enjoy learning about fluids!

April 14, 2014

Anna Lieb (Mathematics, UC Berkeley)

Modeling and Optimization for Intermittent Water Supply

In cities throughout the developing world, piped water is supplied only intermittently, as valves are used to direct water to different parts of a water distribution system at different times. The causes of intermittency are complex, but several consequences are clear: degradation of water quality and of distribution system components. This talk will introduce the problem, go over a simple model for transient dynamics, and present preliminary results for optimization problems motivated by practical concerns. Specifically, I will look at controlling valve parameters which occur as boundary conditions in a network model of transition flow through pipes.

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