Using entropy in water distribution networks

Tanyimboh, T. T. and Templeman, A. B. (1993) Using entropy in water distribution networks. In: Integrated Computer Applications in Water Supply. Engineering Control Series . Research Studies Press, pp. 77-90. ISBN 0863801544

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Abstract

A new approach to water network reliability is described that uses pipe flow entropy as a surrogate measure of reliability. Flow entropy does not measure reliability directly but appears to have all the properties of an accurate quantitative and qualitative reliability measure. It has the advantages of being easy to calculate for existing systems and easy to incorporate into cost optimization design procedures. An overview of the background to the development of network flow entropy is provided here along with a demonstration of the use and merits of flow entropy as a surrogate measure of reliability.