Nonideal transport of reactive solutes in heterogeneous porous media. 4. Analysis of the Cape Cod natural-gradient field experiment

Mark L. Brusseau, Rajesh Srivastava

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The quantitative analysis of the transport of lithium at Cape Cod is presented which identifies the factors that contributed significantly to its observed nonideal transport. The transport behavior observed during the first 250 days, corresponding to a transport distance of 60 m, was predicted reasonably well by the simulation that incorporated spatially variable hydraulic conductivity. The results of the analysis suggest that nonlinear sorption and variable water chemistry are the primary factors responsible for the nonuniform displacement of the lithium plume, with rate-limited sorption/desorption having minimal impact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages13
Specialist publicationPolygraph International
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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