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A Unified View on Relaxations for a Nonlinear Network Flow Problem

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  • We consider a nonlinear nonconvex network flow problem that arises, for example, in natural gas or water transmission networks. Given is such network with active and passive components, that is, valves, compressors, pressure regulators (active) and pipelines (passive), and a desired amount of flow at certain specified entry and exit nodes of the network. Besides flow conservation constraints in the nodes the flow must fulfill nonlinear nonconvex pressure loss constraints on the arcs subject to potential values (i.e., pressure levels) in both end nodes of each arc. The problem is how to numerically compute this flow and pressures. We review an existing approach of Maugis (1977) and extend it to the case of networks with active elements (for example, compressors). We further examine different ways of relaxations for the nonlinear network flow model. We compare different approaches based on nonlinear optimization numerically on a set of test instances.

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Author:Armin Fügenschuh, Jesco Humpola
Document Type:ZIB-Report
Tag:Mixed-Integer Nonlinear Programming; Nonlinear Network Flow; Relaxations
Date of first Publication:2013/07/01
Series (Serial Number):ZIB-Report (13-31)
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung
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