First Advisor

Gwynn Johnson

Date of Award

Fall 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Civil & Environmental Engineering and University Honors


Civil and Environmental Engineering




Porous materials, Pollution -- Mathematical models, Diffusion -- Mathematical models, Transport theory




A variety of porous media were studied to characterize contaminant dispersion over time. This work looked at a compilation of previously published studies to investigate the dependence of long term elution tailing trends on particular soil characteristics. Recession curve analysis was conducted on existing dispersed contaminant literature, to yield the low-concentration recession constant (K). The R2 values correlating the soil properties to contaminant concentration ranged from 0.12494 to 0.95429. The low-concentration recession constant (K) values ranged from 0.9745407 0.9999988. The relationship between K and the soil properties porosity, organic carbon, and fines fraction is increasing. Bulk density and the partitioning coefficient exhibit a decreasing relationship with K. The observed trends may serve as a take off for further research.


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A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Bachelor of Science in University Honors and Civil and Environmental Engineering

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