A Knowledge Based System for Design of Localized Mechanical Mixing Systems

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by Richard E. Price, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,
Jeffery P. Holland, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: Knowledge-based systems, frequently referred to as expert systems, have been used in a variety of computer-based design applications. They are particularly suited to design processes where computational procedures must be used in conjunction with some degree of knowledge in the design process. In this context, the authors have developed a PROLOG-based program for design of localized mixing systems. During execution of the program, the user is asked for key parameters which affect the mixing process such as thermal stratification pattern and depth of the thermocline. The program conducts error checking on user input data such as thermal stability and intake structure elevations. Comparison of a prototype localized mixing system to one designed with PUMP is provided for illustration purposes.

Subject Headings: Expert systems | Knowledge-based systems | Computer software | Thermal properties | Mechanical systems | Hydraulic design | Water pollution | Water quality |

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