Simulation of reactive geochemical transport processes in contaminated aquifers using surrogate models

Esfahani, Hamed Koohpayehzadeh, and Datta, Bithin (2015) Simulation of reactive geochemical transport processes in contaminated aquifers using surrogate models. International Journal of Geomate, 8 (15). pp. 1190-1196.

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Abstract

Transport of contaminant species undergoing chemical reactions in groundwater aquifers is a complex physical and biochemical process. Simulating this transport process involves solving complex nonlinear equations and requires huge computational time for a given aquifer study area. Development of optimal remediation strategies in aquifers may require repeated solution of such complex numerical simulation models. To overcome this computational limitation and improve the computational feasibility of large number of repeated simulations, Genetic Programming based trained surrogate models are developed to approximately simulate such complex transport processes. Transport process of acid mine drainage, a hazardous pollutant is first simulated using a numerical simulated model: HYDROGEOCHEM 5.0 for a study area resembling a mine site. Simulation model solution results for an illustrative contaminated aquifer site is then approximated by training and testing a Genetic Programming (GP) based surrogate model. To decrease the total number of GP formulations, the coordinates of observation locations are implemented as input data in the surrogate models. Comparison of the surrogate models and numerical simulation results show that the surrogate models can provide acceptable approximations of this complex transport process in contaminated groundwater aquifers.

Item ID: 38242
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2186-2990
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Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2015 04:53
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090509 Water Resources Engineering @ 50%
09 ENGINEERING > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090799 Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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