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Model falsification diagnosis and sensor placement for leak detection in pressurized pipe networks

James Alexandre Goulet, Sylvain Coutu and Ian F.C. Smith

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Pressurized pipe networks used for fresh-water distribution can take advantage of recent advances in sensing technologies and data-interpretation to evaluate their performance. In this paper, a leak-detection and a sensor placement methodology are proposed based on leak-scenario falsification. The approach includes modeling and measurement uncertainties during the leak detection process. The performance of the methodology proposed is tested on a full-scale water distribution network using simulated data. Findings indicate that when monitoring the flow velocity for 14 pipes over the entire network (295 pipes) leaks are circumscribed within a few potential locations. The case-study shows that a good detectability is expected for leaks of 50 L/min or more. A study of measurement configurations shows that smaller leak levels could also be detected if additional pipes are instrumented.

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System identification, leak detection, sensor placement, data interpretation, water distribution, uncertainty, error-domain model falsification

Subjects: 1000 Civil engineering > 1000 Civil engineering
1000 Civil engineering > 1001 Construction engineering and management
Department: Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering
Funders: Fonds national suisse de la recherche scientifique
Grant number: 200020-117670/1
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/2876/
Journal Title: Advanced Engineering Informatics (vol. 27, no. 2)
Publisher: Elsevier
DOI: 10.1016/j.aei.2013.01.001
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aei.2013.01.001
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2018 14:20
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2024 05:22
Cite in APA 7: Goulet, J. A., Coutu, S., & Smith, I. F.C. (2013). Model falsification diagnosis and sensor placement for leak detection in pressurized pipe networks. Advanced Engineering Informatics, 27(2), 261-269. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aei.2013.01.001


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