We characterize the role of preferential pathways in controlling the dynamics of bimolecular reactive transport in a representative model of a heterogeneous porous medium. We examine a suite of numerical simulations that quantifies the irreversible bimolecular reaction (Formula presented.), in a two-dimensional heterogeneous domain (with log-conductivity, Y), wherein solute A is injected along an inlet boundary to displace the resident solute B under uniform (in the mean) flow conditions. We explore the feedback between the reactive process and (a) the degree of system heterogeneity, as quantified by the unconditional variance of Y, (Formula presented.), representing moderately to strongly heterogeneous media, and (b) the relative strengths of advective and diffusive mechanisms, as quantified by a grid Péclet number, (Formula presented.). Our analysis is based on the identification of particle preferential pathways, focusing on particle residence time within cells employed to discretize the flow domain. These preferential pathways are formed mainly by high conductivity cells and generally contain an important component of (sometimes isolated and a relatively small number of) lower conductivity values. A key finding of our analysis is that while the former dominate the behavior, the latter are shown to provide a non-negligible contribution to the global number of reactions taking place in the domain for strongly heterogeneous media, i.e., for the largest investigated values of (Formula presented.). Reactions are detected across the complete simulation time window (of about 5.5 pore volumes) for the strongly advective case. When diffusion plays an important role, the reactive process essentially stops after the injection of a limited amount ((Formula presented.)2.5) of pore volumes.
|Titolo:||Characterization of Bimolecular Reactive Transport in Heterogeneous Porous Media|
|Autori interni:||PORTA, GIOVANNI MICHELE|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Rivista:||TRANSPORT IN POROUS MEDIA|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.1 Articolo in Rivista|
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