Optimal cost design of water distribution networks using a decomposition approach

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

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Water distribution network decomposition, which is an engineering approach, is adopted to increase the efficiency of obtaining the optimal cost design of a water distribution network using an optimization algorithm. This study applied the source tracing tool in EPANET, which is a hydraulic and water quality analysis model, to the decomposition of a network to improve the efficiency of the optimal design process. The proposed approach was tested by carrying out the optimal cost design of two water distribution networks, and the results were compared with other optimal cost designs derived from previously proposed optimization algorithms. The proposed decomposition approach using the source tracing technique enables the efficient decomposition of an actual large-scale network, and the results can be combined with the optimal cost design process using an optimization algorithm. This proves that the final design in this study is better than those obtained with other previously proposed optimization algorithms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2141-2156
Number of pages16
JournalEngineering Optimization
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1


  • decomposition approach
  • harmony search algorithm
  • optimal cost design
  • source tracing
  • water distribution network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Optimization
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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