US Patent No. 10,663,933

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SUBNETWORK HYDRAULIC MODELING


Patent No. 10,663,933
Issue Date May 26, 2020
Title Systems And Methods For Subnetwork Hydraulic Modeling
Inventorship Amin Rasekh, Atlanta, GA (US)
Zachary A. Barker, Durham, NC (US)
Michael Ehsan Shafiee, Raleigh, NC (US)
Travis Smith, Raleigh, NC (US)
Assignee Sensus Spectrum LLC, Raleigh, NC (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,663,933

1. A system for managing a distribution network, the system including a network hydraulic model and an automated meter infrastructure (AMI) that provides an AMI data from a plurality of consumption meters, the system comprising:a plurality of subnetworks within the distribution network;
a plurality of nodes that interconnect the plurality of subnetworks;
a plurality of boundary devices, each boundary device from the plurality of boundary devices being operatively connected to a node from the plurality of nodes, wherein each boundary device from the plurality of boundary devices at least includes a flow meter and a pressure sensor, and wherein the flow meter senses a flow and the pressure sensor senses a pressure such that the plurality of boundary devices sense the flow and the pressure of the distribution network at the plurality of nodes at a given time step;
a plurality of subnetwork hydraulic models generated from the network hydraulic model, wherein the plurality of subnetwork hydraulic models correspond to the plurality of subnetworks; and
processsing modules each configured to determine a first comparison for the given time step between the AMI data from the plurality of consumption meters within corresponding given subnetworks, the flow and the pressure at the plurality of nodes that border the corresponding given subnetworks, and the subnetwork hydraulic models for the corresponding given subnetworks, wherein the distribution network is managed based at least in part on the first comparison.