# Problem 59104. Design a capture zone

One approach to remediating a contaminated site is to pump and treat the contaminated groundwater. If the site has background flow, then an extraction well will create a capture zone. In other words, there will be a streamline that divides the water pumped by the well from the water that continues downgradient (i.e., downstream) of the well.
If the background flow (with flow per unit width* ) is left to right, then the coordinates of a point on the capture zone are given by , where the well is at (0,0) and is the distance to the stagnation point downstream of the well. The distance can be determined by finding the distance at which the specific discharge of the background flow equals the specific discharge of the well.
Write a function that takes the coordinates of a contaminated area and the background flow per unit width and determines the pumping rate needed to capture the entire area.
*Recall that specific discharge v is flow per area over which the flow is occurring. Then flow per unit width is , where b is the thickness of the confined aquifer.

### Solution Stats

23.53% Correct | 76.47% Incorrect
Last Solution submitted on Nov 01, 2023

### Community Treasure Hunt

Find the treasures in MATLAB Central and discover how the community can help you!

Start Hunting!