A Model for Simulating Transport of Reactive Multispecies Components: Model Development and Demonstration

Gour‐Tsyh ‐T Yeh, Vijay S. Tripathi

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Abstract

This paper presents the development and demonstration of a two‐dimensional finite‐element hydrogeochemical transport model, HYDROGEOCHEM, for simulating transport of reactive multispecies solutes. The model is designed for application to heterogeneous, anisotropic, saturated‐unsaturated media under transient or steady state flow conditions. It simulates the chemical processes of complexation, dissolution‐precipitation, adsorption‐desorption, ion exchange, redox, and acid‐base reaction, simultaneously. A set of four example problems are presented. The examples illustrate the model's ability to simulate a variety of reactive transport problems. Important results presented include a depiction of the propagation of multiple precipitation‐dissolution fronts, a display of the large errors in model response if the number of iterations between the hydrologic transport and chemical equilibrium modules is limited to one, an illustration of the development of greater concentration of contaminants In groundwater away from a waste site than near the source, and a demonstration of the variation in distribution coefficients of more than 6 orders of magnitude.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3075-3094
Number of pages20
JournalWater Resources Research
Volume27
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1991

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