A differential game approach to urban drainage systems control

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American Control Conference (ACC)





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Urban drainage systems (UDSs) are complex large-scale systems that carry stormwater and wastewater throughout urban areas. During heavy rain scenarios, UDSs are not able to handle the amount of extra water that enters the network and flooding occurs. Usually, this might happen because the network is not being used efficiently, i.e., some structures remain underused while many others are overused. This paper proposes a control methology based on differential game theory that aims to efficiently use the existing network elements in order to minimize overflows and properly manage the water resource. The proposed controller is tested on a typical UDS and is compared with a centralized MPC achieving similar results in terms of flooding minimization and network usage, but only using local information on distributed controllers.


automation, control theory, optimisation.

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differential games, optimization, wastewater systems, industrial applications

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A.F. Ramírez, N. Quijano and C. Ocampo-Martínez. A differential game approach to urban drainage systems control, 2016 American Control Conference, 2016, Boston, MA, pp. 3796-3801.