Definition: The property that no vertex, except the source and sink, of a flow network creates or stores flow. More formally, the incoming flow is the same as the outgoing flow, or, the net flow is 0.
Note: From Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook, page 7-10, Copyright © 1999 by CRC Press LLC. Appearing in the Dictionary of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology, Copyright © 2000 CRC Press LLC.
If you have suggestions, corrections, or comments, please get in touch with Paul Black.
Entry modified 17 December 2004.
HTML page formatted Mon Nov 18 10:44:09 2013.
Cite this as:
Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook, CRC Press LLC, 1999, "flow conservation", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/flowconsrvtn.html