Award Date

1-1-1994

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Mechanical Engineering

Number of Pages

135

Abstract

An h-adaptive two-dimensional finite element algorithm is used to model groundwater flow and contaminant transport in variably saturated porous media. This numerical method is applied to models of two nuclear waste repository sites; The computer program used in this study was modified for execution on the Cray Y-MP supercomputer. Optimization of the code was undertaken for maximum efficiency and economy on the Cray Y-MP processor, and to reduce run times for several of the simulations in this study; The computer code was used to simulate the first fifteen years of contaminant release from the Savannah River Site in an effort to examine the code's ability to mimic the type of contaminant plume documented at the site today. A simulation of the proposed Yucca Mountain Repository site is also examined to assess the suitability of the site for storing high level radioactive waste.

Keywords

Adaptive; Algorithm; Contaminant; Element; Finite; Groundwater; Gwadapt; Problems; Transport

Controlled Subject

Mechanical engineering; Hydrology; Computer science; Nuclear engineering; Environmental sciences

File Format

pdf

File Size

4894.72 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

Permissions

If you are the rightful copyright holder of this dissertation or thesis and wish to have the full text removed from Digital Scholarship@UNLV, please submit a request to digitalscholarship@unlv.edu and include clear identification of the work, preferably with URL.

Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/5dc0-umh0


Share

COinS