The increasing costs associated with water supply and the disposal of wastewater has stimulated industries to seek more efficient water management systems. Mathematical modelling and simulation can be a very valuable tool for the study of the multiple alternatives available whilst assessing optimum solutions for water management in industry. This study introduces a new steady state model library able to reproduce industrial water circuits. It has been implemented in a novel software framework for the representation, simulation and optimization of industrial water networks. A water circuit representing a paper mill has been modelled and simulated showing the capability to reproduce real case studies. Alternative scenarios for the water network have also been tested to assess the capability of the models to optimize water circuits minimizing total cost.
Water network cost optimization in a paper mill based on a new library of mathematical models
I. Lizarralde, F. Claeys, R. Ordóñez, M. de Gracia, L. Sancho, P. Grau; Water network cost optimization in a paper mill based on a new library of mathematical models. Water Sci Technol 1 June 2012; 65 (11): 1929–1938. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2012.083
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