Control of Contaminant Transport in Estuaries

by Nikolaos D. Katopodes, Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Estuarine and Coastal Modeling


This paper describes the development of a computational procedure for the adaptive control of hazardous releases in a vertically-mixed estuary. In particular, the control strategy is aimed at deliberate releases from man-made storage or process facilities that are deemed unavoidable because alternative actions may lead to more severe catastrophic results. The procedure consists of combining two-dimensional transient models that simulate the dynamics of the release and its subsequent fate in the environment and an adaptive control scheme, which monitors the current state of the released matter and the ambient conditions. Real-time feedback is sent to the control mechanism, which in turn develops an optimum release strategy that minimizes a predetermined performance index.

Subject Headings: Contaminant transport | Estuaries | Water pollution | Two-dimensional models | Adaptive systems | Disasters and hazards | Storage facilities | Fluid flow

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