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The effect of mass transfer limitations on the optimization of groundwater remediation strategies

1998-06-10
Aksoy, Ayşegül
CULVER, Teresa B
The effect of mass transfer limitations on the optimization of groundwater remediation strategies was investigated by linking a ground water simulation model into a Genetic Algorithm (GA) optimization technique. Runs were performed to minimize pumping and treatment costs associated with pumping rates and air stripping tower performance. Remediation designs for a hypothetical aquifer, contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE), assuming either linear equilibrium or two-site kinetic sorption, are compared. Results indicate that the equilibrium sorption assumption for groundwater remediation optimization may result in over-estimation of the clean up rate and in sub-optimal designs.