Modeling of contaminant transport resulting from dissolution of nonaqueous phase liquid pools in saturated porous media

Constantinos V. Chrysikopoulos, Evangelos A. Voudrias, Marios M. Fyrillas

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Abstract

A mathematical model for transient contaminant transport resulting from the dissolution of a single component nonaqueous phase liquid (NAPL) pool in two-dimensional, saturated, homogeneous porous media was developed. An analytical solution was derived for a semi-infinite medium under local equilibrium conditions accounting for solvent decay. The solution was obtained by taking Laplace transforms to the equations with respect to time and Fourier transforms with respect to the longitudinal spatial coordinate. The analytical solution is given in terms of a single integral which is easily determined by numerical integration techniques. The model is applicable to both denser and lighter than water NAPL pools. The model successfully simulated responses of a 1,1,2-trichloroethane (TCA) pool at the bottom of a two-dimensional porous medium under controlled laboratory conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-145
Number of pages21
JournalTransport in Porous Media
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 1994

Keywords

  • NAPL pools
  • TCA dissolution
  • contaminant transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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