Mixing, spreading and reaction in heterogeneous media: a brief review

Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
M DentzB Bijeljic


Geological media exhibit heterogeneities in their hydraulic and chemical properties, which can lead to enhanced spreading and mixing of the transported species and induce an effective reaction behavior that is different from the one for a homogeneous medium. Chemical heterogeneities such as spatially varying adsorption properties and specific reactive surface areas can act directly on the chemical reaction dynamics and lead to different effective reaction laws. Physical heterogeneities affect mixing-limited chemical reactions in an indirect way by their impact on spreading and mixing of dissolved species. To understand and model large-scale reactive transport the interactions of these coupled processes need to be understood and quantified. This paper provides a brief review on approaches of non-reactive and reactive transport modeling in geological media.


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