Presenter/Author Information

Samuel S. Lee

Keywords

vadose-zone, saturated-zone, leaching model, groundwater, modelling, gui

Start Date

1-7-2006 12:00 AM

Description

A screening level model was developed for simulation of pollutant migration through the vadose-zone and subsequent mixing within the saturated-zone. This one-dimensional finite difference model simulates the transport processes of liquid-phase advection, liquid- and vapor-phase dispersion, sorption, and decay of the contaminant. Using a simple mass-balance technique, the saturated-zone module estimates mixing of the vadose-zone leachate with groundwater. The model can be a useful tool in making preliminary assessments of the potential impacts of contaminants in the subsurface. The model can handle vertical heterogeneity of the soil columns and non-uniform initial contaminant concentration. The model was verified by comparing to an analytical solution and laboratory soil column experiments. Three different soil sample sizes of Ottawa quartz sand and 480 ppm saline water as groundwater contamination were used to be validated successfully in a lab steady state soil column study. The graphical user interface based on the Microsoft Window function was added in the model so that input data preparation and output data visualization processes are automated.

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Vadose-zone Leaching and Saturated-zone Mixing Model in Heterogeneous Layers

A screening level model was developed for simulation of pollutant migration through the vadose-zone and subsequent mixing within the saturated-zone. This one-dimensional finite difference model simulates the transport processes of liquid-phase advection, liquid- and vapor-phase dispersion, sorption, and decay of the contaminant. Using a simple mass-balance technique, the saturated-zone module estimates mixing of the vadose-zone leachate with groundwater. The model can be a useful tool in making preliminary assessments of the potential impacts of contaminants in the subsurface. The model can handle vertical heterogeneity of the soil columns and non-uniform initial contaminant concentration. The model was verified by comparing to an analytical solution and laboratory soil column experiments. Three different soil sample sizes of Ottawa quartz sand and 480 ppm saline water as groundwater contamination were used to be validated successfully in a lab steady state soil column study. The graphical user interface based on the Microsoft Window function was added in the model so that input data preparation and output data visualization processes are automated.