This paper presents some developments in the optimization effectiveness for the dynamic design of water distribution networks (WDNs), tackled employing multi-objective genetic algorithms. Unlike the traditional single-phase design, the dynamic multi-phase design operates on planning WDN upgrades on short time intervals, also called phases or stages, while fitting them into a long-term planning horizon, thus requiring bespoke research efforts for the improvement of the optimization effectiveness. A modified version of dynamic NSGA-II optimization is introduced here, including: no penalty on the objective functions for infeasible solutions, adoption of engineering judgments in the construction of optimization individuals, restricting the number of parallel pipes at each site. This results in the improvement of convergence speed and solution quality in two case studies with different complexities.
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