Berkeley Fluids Seminar

University of California, Berkeley

Bring your lunch and enjoy learning about fluids!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

240, Bechtel Hall, 13:00-14:00

Anna Lieb (Mathematics, UC Berkeley)

What can fluid mechanics tell us about intermittent water supply?

Abstract: Urban water distribution networks do not always supply water continuously or reliably. Hundreds of millions of people in cities worldwide regularly experience intermittent water supply, a condition that degrades distribution system components, compromises water quality, and limits water availability. I will introduce the phenomenon of intermittent water supply and our implementation of an efficient computational model of transient, transition flow through a network of closed pipes. This model is coupled with optimization for several applications. I discuss how simple fluid mechanics principles can help identify difficult modeling regimes in real water distribution networks with intermittent supply, and, if time, will describe the role of uncertain parameters.

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