PhD Thesis

Modelling and control of complex canal systems

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  • Started: 01/09/2019
  • Thesis project read: 22/11/2019


The motivation of this thesis is to explore existing research around modeling, control, and estimation strategies in open canal irrigation systems (OCIS), in order to propose new strategies that increase the efficiency of such systems. In OCIS, leaks and robbery are two important sources of losses, which can be mitigated with control strategies that include leaks dynamics into the control problem design, and with estimator strategies capable of distinguishing between the dynamics of multiple sources of losses such as robbery and leaks. On the other hand, both strategies need control-oriented models that accurately describe, in a broad operation region, the dynamics of different kinds of OCIS. Therefore, the general objective of this thesis is to design and assess modeling, control, and estimation strategies for OCIS, which contribute to the mitigation of losses due to leaks and robbery.

The work is under the scope of the following projects:

  • MuYSCA: Modelado y control de sistemas de riego en canal abierto (web)