Aquifer Reclamation Design: Combined Simulation-Optimization Approach

Madhavi Ganesan


A simulation-management methodology is demonstrated for the rehabilitation of aquifers that have been subjected to seawater intrusion. Finite difference groundwater flow and solute transport simulation are combined with nonlinear optimization. The model is capable of  determining well locations plus pumping and injection rates of groundwater quality control. Restrictions was placed on hydraulic heads and concentrations. These restrictions was distributed over space and time. Two design strategies such as optimal pumping and recharge rates  are demonstrated for a polluted aquifer. The method is not limited to these cases. It is generally applicable to the optimization of many types of distributed parameter systems.

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