Title: Optimum design and operation of a pump-piping-storage system

Authors: H. Kaplan, A. Seireg, M. Dolen

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1513 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706-1572, USA. University of Florida-Gainesville, Gainesville, FL 32611-63000, USA. Middle East Technical University, Department of Mech. Eng., Ankara, Turkey

Abstract: The study reported in this paper is undertaken to develop a computer simulation and an optimum design and operation strategy for a general storage system. The influence of various design parameters on the total operation cost of the system for a general delivery regime is also studied. The computer program which incorporates a general procedure for the design and control of the pump-piping-storage system is presented. The main considerations in the reported study are the worst-case storage capacity analysis and the allowance for variations in the friction factors. The computer model of the system is applicable to any of pump-piping-storage system with appropriate changes in some of the system parameters. Two important parameters of the system are the average standby and operation times. The solution of the cost optimisation problem is undertaken using non-linear programming.

Keywords: optimum design; pump-piping-storage systems; worst-case storage capacity; combined cost analysis.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2001.000272

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2001 Vol.14 No.4/5/6, pp.180-189

Published online: 15 Jul 2003 *

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