Derivation of optimal operation rules for cascade reservoirs of Dadu River

Yanlai Zhou, Yadong Mei, Lifeng Yang, Yinshan Xu, Kai Duan

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Optimal operation rules for cascade reservoirs are derived in the framework of optimization, fitting, re-optimization and simulation. First, optimal data samples are generated using deterministic dynamic programming method to solve an optimization model, and they are used to establish operation rules with a regression analysis on them. Then, these rules are refined through simulations of the optimal operation and application of nonlinear programming, and verified with a series of synthetic inflow generated by Copula function. A case study of the Dadu river cascade hydropower plants shows that the proposed method is effective in improving the hydropower generation of cascade reservoirs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-82
Number of pages5
JournalShuili Fadian Xuebao/Journal of Hydroelectric Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2012


  • Cascade reservoirs
  • Dynamic programming
  • Operation rules
  • Optimal operation
  • The Dadu River

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