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

James-A. Goulet, Sylvain Coutu and Ian F.C. Smith

Article (2013)

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Cite this document: 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), p. 261-269. doi:10.1016/j.aei.2013.01.001
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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

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Subjects: 1000 Génie civil > 1000 Génie civil
1000 Génie civil > 1001 Génie et gestion du bâtiment
Department: Département des génies civil, géologique et des mines
Research Center: Non applicable
Funders: Fonds national suisse de la recherche scientifique
Grant number: 200020-117670/1
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2018 14:20
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2018 16:12
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/2876/
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Journal Title: Advanced Engineering Informatics (vol. 27, no. 2)
Publisher: Elsevier
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aei.2013.01.001


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