Special Sessions



Water Resources and Energy Management (WREM); Sustainable Water Management

Short description on the session:
The concept of sustainability is well known and its definition considers the need to reduce the use of non-renewable resources (such as water and certain energy sources), as well as emissions. However, sustainability is a complex concept and can be defined as a sustainable system, one that meets the needs of the current generation, but taking into account the future needs of the population both for irrigation and urban systems.

The current scenario of distribution networks is constantly evolving, but it faces great challenges in terms of sustainability, as a consequence of population growth and the increasingly demanding standards that society requires. The efficiency of the systems has not yet reached its optimum values and there is still a long way to go to improve these joint performances.

The need to increase sustainability in our aged infrastructures is crucial and any analysis is necessary to help managers to carry out applications in which the sustainability of their system increases. Therefore, the proposal of numerical analysis using computational fluid dynamics software based on experimental data is necessary to develop a proposal for methodologies and / or algorithms that improve the sustainability indicators of the processes that are interesting in order to increase the quality of the systems as well as user satisfaction.

In this framework, this Special Session aims to propose a collection of valuable studies that combine the aforementioned concepts that address:
  • numerical / experimental studies based on the improvement of the knowledge of hydraulic machines (that is, pumps, turbines, pressure reducing valves, pumps that work as turbines, fans, among others) and their performance optimization,
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics approach for hydraulic machines modeling and pressurized water systems optimization,
  • real time control algorithms / methodologies / case studies for the optimal management of water systems, with particular regard to water consumption,
  • numerical / experimental studies to model efficiency improvement in water systems, considering new technologies and strategies in the water management,
  • numerical/ experimental analysis to model transients and pathogen intrusion in pressurized water systems,
  • advanced time series analysis, numerical models, machine learning methods and digital twin models for leak/fault assessment and detection in pressurized water systems,
  • numerical analysis of free surface flow to know better the fluid behavior appearing in models of water networks,
  • methodologies/case studies/1D-2D modelling for the evaluation of the flood maps due to torrential rains, reservoir rupture,
  • reliable tool for developing management strategies for sustainable use of groundwater resources,
  • models to improve the representation of the distribution of disinfectants through drinking water systems

P. Amparo LÓPEZ-JIMÉNEZ, Full Professor; Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering Department, Universitat Politècnica de València, Email: mopesan1@upv.es, Phone: +34 630 831 608.

Bruno BRUNONE, Professore ordinario, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile ed Ambientale, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Email: bruno.brunone@unipg.it.

Silvia MENICONI, Associate Professor, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile ed Ambientale, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Email: silvia.meniconi@unipg.it.

Modesto PÉREZ-SÁNCHEZ, Associate Professor, Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering Department, Universitat Politècnica de València, Email: mopesan1@upv.es.

Useful information: 
Duration of session:
2 hours
Duration of oral presentation: 15 minutes (12 presentation + 3 discussion)
Total number of presentations: 6 - 8
Length of abstract: 2 pages, following the template of the Congress
Special issue on a journal: Yes, by the Convener; it can be supported by the Organizing Committee