A Laboratory Based Study of Hydraulic Simulation of Leakage in Water Distribution Networks

Salah Muamer Aburawe, Ahmad Rodzi Mahmud, Thamer Ahmad Mohammad, Noordin Ahmed


It is obvious to all people the importance of water as an essential element for life, hence, water loss is a life-threatening and alarming predictor of the future. Leakage problem is one of the most important causes of water loss in water systems; therefore, it was and is still a matter of attention of many researchers, who are in search of the most effective methods to solve this problem using many techniques. These techniques vary with one another in terms of accuracy, cost and speed of obtaining results. This research paper presents a part of an extensive research work, which aims to develop a geospatial approach for solving the leakage detection problem in water systems using an integrated geospatial system. This paper will show a sample of the results that has been obtained through a lab experiment, which explains the changes in hydraulic behavior of the network due to the change in leakage size and leakage location as a step for validating the mentioned approach.

Keywords: Leakage detection, water distribution networks, GIS, Hydraulic modeling.

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ISSN (Paper)2224-5790 ISSN (Online)2225-0514

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