Theses and Dissertations


Luxin Wang

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Cinnella, Pasquale

Committee Member

Soni, Bharat

Committee Member

Luke, Edward

Committee Member

Taylor, Lafayette

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Computational Engineering (program)

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Engineering


Computational Engineering Program


The present study is concerned with the feasibility of simulating the release and transport of a ``generic' pollutant within an urban area. The motivation behind this effort lies in the need for accurate and timely predictions of the effects of a pollutant release in a densely populated region, in order to coordinate relief and/or evacuation efforts or design rapid-response scenarios in the event of a possible accident. In order to achieve the above goal, following geometrical, physical, and algorithmic steps have to be taken, generation of a three-dimensional grid, numerical solution of the governing fluid dynamics equations, and numerically solving the transport (reaction/advection/diffusion) equations for a generic pollutant. Some preliminary results will be presented at this time. A sample of representative results will be shown for the generation and transport of a generic pollutant ``plume', using different starting wind conditions and release points. Future efforts in this endeavor will focus on obtaining reasonably accurate simulations of pollutant transport at a reasonable computational price. Specifically, ``reduced' models for the geometry and/or the governing equations will be investigated.



chemical release||pollutant transport||simulation