Economic design of water distribution networks using Simulated Annealing

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In order to find the most economical diameters to satisfy water distribution networks projects according to the standards, this research developed an optimization algorithm, based on the meta-heuristics optimization technique called Simulated Annealing, combined with a hydraulic simulator, called Epanet toolkit. This hydraulic simulator ensured that the solution found by the optimizer was consistent with operational constraints, such as the service pressure.