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Major

Physics

Anticipated Graduation Year

2021

Access Type

Open Access

Abstract

The Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) connects the Mississippi River Basin with the Great Lakes Basin. An aquatic electric barrier in CAWS has prevented the spread of Asian Carp and may deter other invasive species. We constructed simulations of the electric potential in barrier regions to predict the effects of passing barges. We modeled a 2D slice of a barrier by numerically solving discretized versions of Maxwell’s equations. Our results showed that the electric field strength decreased, and the orientations of the equipotential lines were warped in the region directly adjacent to a barge.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Dr. Robert Polak, Dr. Jon Bougie

Supported By

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant to Professor Reuben Keller

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Simulation of Aquatic Electric Barrier in Chicago Area Waterway System

The Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) connects the Mississippi River Basin with the Great Lakes Basin. An aquatic electric barrier in CAWS has prevented the spread of Asian Carp and may deter other invasive species. We constructed simulations of the electric potential in barrier regions to predict the effects of passing barges. We modeled a 2D slice of a barrier by numerically solving discretized versions of Maxwell’s equations. Our results showed that the electric field strength decreased, and the orientations of the equipotential lines were warped in the region directly adjacent to a barge.