Smart Water Infrastructures Laboratory: Reconfigurable Test-Beds for Research in Water Infrastructures Management

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Abstract

The smart water infrastructures laboratory is a research facility at Aalborg University, Denmark. The laboratory enables experimental research in control and management of water infrastructures in a realistic environment. The laboratory is designed as a modular system that can be configured to adapt the test-bed to the desired network. The water infrastructures recreated in this laboratory are district heating, drinking water supply, and waste water collection systems. This paper focuses on the first two types of infrastructure. In the scaled-down network the researchers can reproduce different scenarios that affect its management and validate new control strategies. This paper presents four study-cases where the laboratory is configured to represent specific water distribution and waste collection networks allowing the researcher to validate new management solutions in a safe environment. Thus, without the risk of affecting the consumers in a real network. The outcome of this research facilitates the sustainable deployment of new technology in real infrastructures.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1875
JournalWater
Volume13
Issue number13
Number of pages24
ISSN2073-4441
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Experiment
  • Laboratory
  • Monitoring
  • Real-time control
  • Smart city
  • Test-bed
  • Waste water
  • Water distribution
  • Water management

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