Diagnosis of pipe systems by the SLE: First results

Christian Massari, Tian Chyi J. Yeh, Marco Ferrante, Bruno Brunone, Silvia Meniconi

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In this study, an algorithm is presented for pipe system diagnosis. The algorithm is the Successive Linear Estimator (SLE) previously used in groundwater hydrology to estimate the hydraulic proprieties of soils. The SLE is an iterative cokriging-like technique which provides statistically the best unbiased estimates and quantifies the associated uncertainty. In this paper the algorithm has been extended to the pipe system diagnosis to infer leak areas, status of valves and partial blockage location and extent. We first present the theoretical formulation of the algorithm and then test it by a numerical case study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)958-965
Number of pages8
JournalWater Science and Technology: Water Supply
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013


  • Leaks
  • Partial blockages
  • Pipe system diagnosis
  • Stochastic estimator
  • Valves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology


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