U.S. DOE Hanford Project An illustrative example of complete computational and database management
support to World’s largest environmental cleanup effort.
A plutonium production complex at Hanford, WA, with nine nuclear reactors and associated processing facilities. Hanford played a pivotal role in the nation's defense for more than 40 years, beginning in the 1940s with the Manhattan Project
The U.S. DOE Hanford Siteis recognizes as the world’s largest environmental cleanup effort. This site was established during World War II to produce plutonium. Fifty years of nuclear weapons production resulted in approximately 1.7 trillion liter (450 billion gallons) of liquid waste being released to the ground at the Hanford Site. Site complexities include:
EWM technologies are used for data access, modeling & uncertainty analysis.
CFEST flow and transport tools are used for efficient mathematical representation of complex geology
CFEST interfaces EVS and TecPlot provide state-of-the-art 3D displays and animation technologies for innovative self-explanatory graphics to verify inputs, interpret outputs, and interact with regulators and the public.
Geologic settings are complex.
EWM integrated tools provide
means to preview & verify each
data layer in the site model
CFEST-EVS integrated tools
interactively display details of input
and output results
CFEST animation provide contaminant
distribution at a given time for the given
model layer as overlay over the groundwater elevation
Inverse Parameter Estimation with 450,000 Historical Water Level Measurements
efficient means for
several thousands of
historical water level
for surface and
boundary flux rates
which are not
feasible to measure
Inverse parameter estimation requires high computational power. CFEST-UCODE is successfully implemented by linking 45 PCs to provide optimal estimations in one to two days of computations. Local scale uncertainty analyses identifies optimal locations of needed parameters and based on these results additional characterization strategy are developed.
CFEST 2D and 3D tools provide easy means to make sub-models from existing site wide detailed model. CFEST tools extract boundary conditions, material properties and other details for the sub-models.
Several sites need Monte Carlo thousands of simulations and thus need to develop relatively simplified models.
While most of the consultants use over simplified “almost dummy model” and thus resulting in questionable results. Following are illustrative examples of EWM approach to develop defendable model from detailed models.