Robust sensor placement for leak location: Analysis and design

Journal Article (2016)


Journal of Hydroinformatics







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In this paper, a nominal sensor placement methodology for leak location in Water Distribution Networks is presented. To reduce the size and the complexity of the optimization problem a clustering technique is combined with the nominal sensor placement methodology. Some of the pressure sensor placement methods for leak detection and location in water distribution networks are based on the pressure sensitivity matrix analysis. This matrix depends on the network demands, which are nondeterministic, and the leak magnitudes, that are unknown. The robustness of the nominal sensor placement methodology is investigated against the fault sensitivity matrix uncertainty. Provided the dependency of the leak location procedure on the network operating point the nominal sensor placement problem is then reformulated as a multi-objective optimization for which Pareto optimal solutions are generated. The robustness study as well as the resulting robust sensor placement methodology are illustrated by means of a small academic network as well as a district metered area in the Barcelona water distribution network.


nonlinear programming.

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sensor placement, leak location, clustering, robustness analysis

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J. Blesa, F. Nejjari and R. Sarrate. Robust sensor placement for leak location: Analysis and design. Journal of Hydroinformatics, 18(1): 136-148, 2016.