College of Science & Engineering
This group is using MSI for two projects:
- Design and Construction of Infiltration Facilities: Infiltration facilities are the favored stormwater runoff treatment practice in Minnesota. However, there are important aspects of the design and construction of all infiltration facilities (infiltration basins and trenches, rain gardens and swales) that need research and documentation. A rapid infiltration measurement device is required during construction to ensure that the facility, as constructed, will infiltrate water at the rate designed. This project uses computer simulations to determine how these rapid infiltration devices relate to the hydraulic conductivity of the soil. Some of the best information comes from these simulations, because the character of the soil and the boundary conditions can be specified.
- Simulation of Pollutant Mass Balance in Ponds: Of the 30,000 stormwater ponds in Minnesota, these researchers believe that many are releasing the main pollutant that they were designed to capture, phosphorus. A simulation tool is under development to predict phosphorus dynamics in these ponds. These simulations also include simulations of temperature, sediment oxygen demand, and mixing in the pond.
This group's research was featured on the MSI website in March 2016: Computer Simulations of Hydraulic Jumps.