Title: Agent-based distributed control of a water distribution canal
Authors: João Virote , Rui Neves-Silva
Abstract: Irrigation is one of the most important applications of water in developing nations. Globally, roughly 15-35% of irrigation withdrawals are estimated to be unsustainable. Managing an irrigation network canal implies finding the best compromise between satisfying the consumer’s needs and minimizing any water losses. The irrigation canals offer a good application for a decentralized control approach due to their series and compartmentalized structure. This paper presents an agent-based decentralized control approach for a water distribution canal. The approach uses negotiation among agents to provide cooperation among the individual controllers, thus enabling an overview of the complete system. The work presented is based on an experimental facility located in Portugal and the results are based on simulations. The preliminary results presented in this paper show the potential of the proposed approach to deliver the desired balance between consumer’s satisfaction and minimization of water losses.
Publication date: 2012-07-16
Online entry date: 2013-05-12
Conference: CONTROLO’2012
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