Date of Award

11-3-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Gwynn Johnson

Subjects

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

Subject Categories

Environmental Engineering | Environmental Monitoring

DOI

10.15760/honors.484

Abstract

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 yeild 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.

Comments

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

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/22542

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