[Please note that Dr Baker is a double OSU Alum; he received his BS in Mathematics in 1962 and PhD in Topology on "Obstruction theory for simplicial bundles", under J.W. Smith in 1973]
I will present ongoing work to develop an object-oriented application to calculate fluid flow through a porous medium. The approach uses cellular-automata concepts, and is designed to use the same object structures to predict both flow and transport. It also is structured to support parallel processing.
Before discussing development of the new application, I will discuss an application that I developed that is being used to optimize the design of several pump and treat systems at the Hanford site in Eastern Washington. The systems are installed in shallow sedimentary layers in the northern part of the site near the Columbia River. This optimization application incorporates almost 200 wells that are used to extract contaminated groundwater, pump it through treatment plants (currently seven treatment plants), and inject it back into the aquifer.
The optimization application uses a modern object-oriented approach to providing input to flow and transport models, runs the models as separate processes, and displays the results graphically when they are available. The modeling applications used are MODFLOW and MT3D, archaic FORTRAN programs. This stimulated the desire to perform the flow and transport calculations within the graphical input-output application, hence the current work