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Monday 21 Aug 2017Leak behaviour and detection in water distribution systems by means of transients

Prof Marco Ferrante - University of Perugia

170, Harrison 14:00-15:00

Simplicity vs. complexity, all researchers face this dilemma. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” and the interpretation of complex phenomena by means of a single and simple formula is the final ambition, but on the other hand, even the description of simple -- or looking like as simple -- phenomena can have hidden dangers and require a detailed description. In the diagnosis of water distribution systems, the transient wave propagation in water distribution systems and the leak hydraulics are two examples of such extremes, when the system complexity can be described and interpreted by a simple expression whilst simple behaviours hide unpredicted and complex phenomena.

Bio: Marco Ferrante is Associate Professor of Hydraulics at the University of Perugia, Italy. He graduated and had his PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. His research interests are mainly related to the diagnosis of water distribution systems and to the flow in saturated and unsaturated soils. All are welcome!

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