RESEARCH PAPERS: Design Automation Papers

Design Optimization of Hydraulic Networks Using Mixed Integer Linear Programming

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T. F. Conry

University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill. 61801

J. A. Werhane

Sargent & Lundy, Engineers, Chicago, Ill. 60603

J. Mech. Des 104(4), 837-843 (Oct 01, 1982) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3256445 History: Received June 28, 1981; Online November 17, 2009


The optimum design problem is formulated for the selection of pipe sizes in a hydraulic network such as a power plant service water or bearing cooling water system. The flows in each branch of the network are taken to be known, which makes the design problem linear in the variables. The optimization problem is formulated as a mixed integer linear programming problem. A design example is given. The role of this problem formulation and solution method in an interactive computer aided design (CAD) system is discussed.

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