Generation of benchmark problems for optimal design of water distribution systems

Ho Min Lee, Donghwi Jung, Ali Sadollah, Do Guen Yoo, Joong Hoon Kim

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Engineering benchmark problems with specific characteristics have been used to compare the performance and reliability of metaheuristic algorithms, and water distribution system design benchmarks are also widely used. However, only a few benchmark design problems have been considered in the research community. Due to the limited set of previous benchmarks, it is challenging to identify the algorithm with the best performance and the highest reliability among a group of algorithms. Therefore, in this study, a new water distribution system design benchmark problem generation method is proposed considering problem size and complexity modifications of a reference benchmark. The water distribution system design benchmark problems are used for performance and reliability comparison among several reported metaheuristic optimization algorithms. The optimal design results are able to quantify the performance and reliability of the compared algorithms which shows each metaheuristic algorithm has its own strengths and weaknesses. Finally, using the proposed method in this study, guidelines are derived for selecting an appropriate metaheuristic algorithm for water distribution system design.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1637
JournalWater (Switzerland)
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Aug 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: This study was supported by the Korea Ministry of Environment as “Global Top project (2016002120004)” and supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (NRF-2018R1A6A3A01012504).

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  • Design benchmarks
  • Metaheuristic algorithms
  • Performance measurement
  • Water distribution systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Biochemistry
  • Aquatic Science
  • Water Science and Technology


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