Bio-inspired design for resilient water distribution networks Conference Paper uri icon


  • 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license Economic, environmental, and social advantages have been achieved over the years through byproducts and waste exchanges between industries. These Eco-Industrial Parks (EIPs) are touted to be ecologically similar, however when they are analyzed using Ecological Network Analysis (ENA) techniques it has been found that they do not successfully mimic analogous ecosystems. ENA coupled with average food webs characteristics are used here to create a bio-inspired design optimization for the water distribution network of the Kalundborg EIP in Denmark. The bio-inspired solution is compared to a cost-based solution to illustrate what the former can offer beyond a conventional approach. Both solutions similarly minimize freshwater consumption, however the bio-inspired solution has additional benefits that suggest a more sustainable and robust design, such as the ability to maintain network function in the event of a connection losses. The results suggest that consumption and cost reductions alone may not be the best optimization route.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Dave, T., & Layton, A.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Dave, Tirth||Layton, Astrid

publication date

  • January 2019