A Simulation Study on Using Inverse Transient Analysis for Leak Detection in Water Distribution Networks
Inverse transient analysis, developed by several researchers in recent years as a promising and low-cost leak detection technique, has been successfully demonstrated under laboratory settings. However, the feasibility and technical limitations of this technique under actual field conditions has yet to be definitely established. This chapter reports on the initial simulation phase of a study that aims to assess the applicability and effectiveness of inverse transient analysis in the detection of leaks in real water distribution systems.
Simulation was conducted and field tests are planned for a selected area of the City of Regina’s municipal water distribution network. Scenarios of various transient severity and leak sizes were simulated. Insight gained from the simulation provided a preliminary assessment of the effectiveness and feasibility of using the inverse transient analysis method for leak detection.
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