A systematic method for the optimization of gas supply reliability in natural gas pipeline network based on Bayesian networks and deep reinforcement learning

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Author(s)

  • Lin Fan
  • Huai Su
  • Enrico Zio
  • Li Zhang
  • Zhaoming Yang
  • Shiliang Peng
  • Weichao Yu
  • Lili Zuo
  • Jinjun Zhang

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Original languageEnglish
Article number108613
Journal / PublicationReliability Engineering and System Safety
Volume225
Online published21 May 2022
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2022

Abstract

This study proposes a method based on Bayesian networks (BNs) to optimize the reliability of gas supply in natural gas pipeline networks. The method integrates probabilistic safety analysis with preventive maintenance to achieve the targets of minimizing gas shortage risk and reducing maintenance costs. For this, the tasks of unit failure probability calculation, system maximum supply capacity analysis, gas supply reliability assessment and system maintenance planning are performed. A stochastic capacity network model is coupled with a Markov model and graph theory to generate the state space of the pipeline network system. BN, is then, proposed as the modeling framework to describe the stochastic behavior of unit failures and customer gas shortage. The system maintenance problem is converted into a Markov decision process (MDP), and solved by using deep reinforcement learning (DRL). The effectiveness of the proposed method is validated on a case study of a European gas pipeline network. The results show that the proposed method outperforms others in identifying optimal maintenance strategies. The DRL-optimized maintenance strategy is capable of responding to a dynamic environment through continuous online learning, considering the randomness of the unit failures and the uncertainty in gas demand profiles.

Research Area(s)

  • Bayesian network, Gas supply reliability, Natural gas pipeline network, Preventive maintenance, Reinforcement learning

Citation Format(s)

A systematic method for the optimization of gas supply reliability in natural gas pipeline network based on Bayesian networks and deep reinforcement learning. / Fan, Lin; Su, Huai; Wang, Wei; Zio, Enrico; Zhang, Li; Yang, Zhaoming; Peng, Shiliang; Yu, Weichao; Zuo, Lili; Zhang, Jinjun.

In: Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Vol. 225, 108613, 09.2022.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review