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International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
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Basic Discrete Systems Analysis Of Water Pipeline Network

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Okoye Obuora A. Ubani Nelson O.



Basic Discrete Systems, Pipeline Network, Flow Equations, Elements, Nodes, Head Loss, Pressure



A municipal water reticulated pipeline network in Owerri, Nigeria previously analyzed by Simultaneous Loop Flow Correction Method, was re-evaluated using Basic Discrete Systems Analysis Method. This study was carried out to validate the results of the earlier study and decide if the water pipeline network flow characteristics can also be evaluated in a later study for more insight. This study sought, produced a better representation and explanation of the head loss and discharge profiles for the water pipeline network. The water pipeline network consists of twenty-four discrete system (pipe elements) and pipe connections become the nodes which consists of sixteen nodes. These pipeline elements were viewed as discrete systems and flow equations, from first principles, are formulated for each element. Plots were developed to show the nodal head loss, nodal pressure, pipe elements corrected head loss and pipe elements corrected discharge being affected by the pipe diameter and length. The plots revealed that the solutions which were obtained as corrective flow parameters (head loss, pressure and discharge) for the water pipe network described the flow profiles of the pipe network and the flow fluctuations being experienced in the pipe network.



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