A note on transport of a pulse of nonlinearly reactive solute in a heterogeneous formation

G. Severino, G. Dagan, C. J. Van Duijn

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Saturated flow takes place in geological formations of spatially variable permeability which is regarded as a stationary random space function of given statistical moments. The flow is assumed to be uniform in the mean and the Eulerian velocity field has stationary fluctuations. Water carries solutes that react according to the nonlinear equilibrium Freundlich isotherm. Neglecting pore scale dispersion (high Peclet number), we study the behavior of an initially finite pulse injection of constant concentration. Mean flux-averaged concentration is derived in a simple manner by using the previously determined solution of transport in a homogeneous one-dimensional medium and the Lagrangian methodology developed by Cvetkovic and Dagan [5] to model reactive transport in a three-dimensional flow field. The mean breakthrough curves are computed and the combined effect of reactive parameters and heterogeneity upon reduction of the concentration peak is investigated. Furthermore, with the aid of temporal moments, we determine equivalent reaction and macrodispersion coefficients pertinent to a homogeneous medium.

Original languageEnglish
Article number327535
Pages (from-to)275-286
Number of pages12
JournalComputational Geosciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000


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