Analytical model of reactive transport processes with spatially variable coefficients

Simpson, Matthew & Morrow, Liam (2015) Analytical model of reactive transport processes with spatially variable coefficients. Royal Society Open Science, 2, 140348..

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Abstract

Analytical solutions of partial differential equation (PDE) models describing reactive transport phenomena in saturated porous media are often used as screening tools to provide insight into contaminant fate and transport processes. While many practical modelling scenarios involve spatially variable coefficients, such as spatially variable flow velocity, v(x), or spatially variable decay rate, k(x), most analytical models deal with constant coefficients. Here we present a framework for constructing exact solutions of PDE models of reactive transport. Our approach is relevant for advection-dominant problems, and is based on a regular perturbation technique. We present a description of the solution technique for a range of one-dimensional scenarios involving constant and variable coefficients, and we show that the solutions compare well with numerical approximations. Our general approach applies to a range of initial conditions and various forms of v(x) and k(x). Instead of simply documenting specific solutions for particular cases, we present a symbolic worksheet, as supplementary material, which enables the solution to be evaluated for different choices of the initial condition, v(x) and k(x). We also discuss how the technique generalizes to apply to models of coupled multispecies reactive transport as well as higher dimensional problems.

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ID Code: 91498
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: contaminant transport, saturated porous media, analytical model, partial differential equation, symbolic computation
DOI: 10.1098/rsos.140348
ISSN: 2054-5703
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > APPLIED MATHEMATICS (010200)
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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Copyright Owner: 2015 The Authors
Copyright Statement: Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, provided the original author and source are credited
Deposited On: 04 Jan 2016 04:04
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2016 22:04

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