Expert System for Mixing Zone Analysis of Toxic and Conventional Discharges

by Gerhard H. Jirka, Cornell Univ, Ithaca, NY, USA,
Robert L. Doneker, Cornell Univ, Ithaca, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Hydrology


The Cornell Mixing Zone Expert System (CORMIX) is a series of software subsystems for the analysis, prediction and design of aqueous toxic or conventional pollutant discharges into watercourses with emphasis on the geometry and dilution characteristics of the initial mixing zone. Subsystem CORMIX deals with buoyant submerged single port discharges into flowing unstratified water environments, such as rivers, estuaries, and coastal waters. It includes the limiting cases of non-buoyant discharges and of stagnant conditions. The minimal hardware configuration is at the level of IBM-PC/XT with primer for hardcopy output. The purpose of CORMIX is to obviate the need for a detailed hydrodynamic understanding and experience for the novice analyst. A general science or engineering background (at a two or four year college level) appears to be a minimum educational requirement, however, in order to be able to supply relevant data, to interpret the system information, and ultimately to learn and become knowledgeable through interactive system use.

Subject Headings: Water discharge | Water pollution | Expert systems | Hydration | Artificial intelligence (AI) | Interactive systems | Toxicity

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