Effective non-local reaction kinetics for transport in physically and chemically heterogeneous media

Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
Marco DentzJesus Carrera


The correct characterization of the effective reactive transport dynamics is an important issue for modeling reactive transport on the Darcy scale, specifically in situations in which reactions are localized, that is when different reactions occur in different portions of the porous medium. Under such conditions the conventional approach of homogenizing only the porous medium chemistry is not appropriate. We consider here reactive transport in a porous medium that is characterized by mass transfer between a mobile and a distribution of immobile regions. Chemical and physical heterogeneities are reflected by distributions of kinetic reaction rate constants and residence times in the immobile zones. We derive an effective reactive transport equation for the mobile solute that is characterized by non-local physical mass transfer and reaction terms. Specifically, chemical heterogeneity is upscaled in terms of a reactive memory function that integrates both chemical and physical heterogeneity. Mass transfer limitations due to physical heterogeneity yield effective kinetic rate coefficients that can be much smaller than the volumetric average of the local scale coefficients. These results help to explain and quantify the often report...Continue Reading


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