A Simulation Program for Modelling Pollutant Dispersion for Educational Applications

Elena Skorzinski*, Mordechai Shacham, Neima Brauner

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Simulation programs are widely used in engineering education for numerical, modelbased and virtual experimentation, analysis of cause-effect relationships in complex systems, and visualization of challenging concepts. We have developed a pollutant dispersion simulation program applicable in environmental engineering education. The simulation models are implemented in MATLAB and the user interface is provided in the form of a MATLAB GUI. Three types of simulations can be carried out: oxygen sag model for predicting oxygen deficit in a river, Gaussian model for predicting pollutant dispersion in air from a continuous point source, and pollutant dispersion in ground water from a point source. The benefits of using simulation programs for "virtual experimentation" in environmental engineering education and practice are demonstrated and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication19th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering
EditorsJacek Jezowski, Jan Thullie
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780444534330
StatePublished - 2009

Publication series

NameComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
ISSN (Print)1570-7946


  • Environmental engineering
  • air pollution
  • pollutant dispersion
  • virtual experimentation
  • water pollution


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