This paper proposes the use of predictive optimal control as a suitable methodology to manage efficiently transport water networks. The predictive optimal controller is implemented using MPC control techniques. The Arrêt-Darré/Arros dam-river system located in the Southwest region of France is proposed as case study. A high-fidelity dynamic simulator based on the full Saint-Venant equations and able to reproduce this system is developed in MATLAB/SIMULINK to validate the performance of the developed predictive optimal control system. The control objective in the Arrêt-Darré/Arros dam-river system is to guarantee an ecological flow rate at a control point downstream of the Arrêt-Darré dam by controlling the outflow of this dam in spite of the unmeasured disturbances introduced by rainfalls incomings and farmer withdrawals.
Optimal predictive control of water transport systems: Arrêt-Darré/Arros case study
V. Puig, J. Romera, J. Quevedo, C. M. Cardona, A. Salterain, E. Ayesa, I. Irizar, A. Castro, M. Lujan, P. Charbonnaud, P. Chiron, J.-L. Trouvat; Optimal predictive control of water transport systems: Arrêt-Darré/Arros case study. Water Sci Technol 1 October 2009; 60 (8): 2125–2133. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2009.525
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