Solute transport in nearly saturated porous media under landfill clay liners: a finite deformation approach

H. J. Zhang, D. -S. Jeng, D. A. Barry, B. R. Seymour, L. Li

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    Abstract

    For solute transport in a deformable clay liner, the importance of consolidation in the presence of sorption and consolidation-induced advection are well known. Here a one-dimensional coupled consolidation and solute transport model for a partially saturated porous medium, including the new features of finite strain and geometric and material nonlinearity, is proposed. A new boundary condition at the compacted clay liner (CCL) base is also introduced. A comprehensive comparison demonstrates the significance of finite strain, compressibility of pore water (CPW), longitudinal dispersion (LD) and the degree of saturation on the solute transport in an unsaturated porous medium.

    Consolidation in the presence of sorption and consolidation-induced advection both affect solute transport in a deformable clay liner. Here, a one-dimensional coupled consolidation and solute transport model for a nearly saturated porous medium, including finite strain and geometric and material nonlinearity, was proposed. A new boundary condition at the compacted clay liner base was also introduced. The model demonstrates the significance of finite strain, pore water compressibility, dispersion and the degree of saturation on solute transport in an unsaturated, consolidating porous medium. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)189-199
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Hydrology
    Volume479
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • BARRIERS
    • FLOW
    • COMPOSITE LINERS
    • CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT
    • Degree of saturation
    • DIFFUSION
    • MODEL
    • Finite deformation
    • Material coordinates
    • Linear equilibrium sorption
    • Porous flow
    • UNSATURATED SOIL
    • CONSOLIDATION

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