The paper deals with non-Fickian dispersion of inert solutes in random permeability fields. Attention is focused critically on the statistical characterization of the porous medium which affects pollutant dispersion in groundwater. After a brief account of recent results of stochastic theories of transport in porous media and of the fundamental indications of large-scale field experiments, it is inferred from numerical studies that the particular choice of an analytical form of covariance of log-conductivity has a poor influence on the overall dispersion process. In fact, different covariance structures with the same macroscale (a measure of the distance between two points beyond which the permeability ceases to be correlated) yield very similar dispersion processes. The result has a noteworthy bearing on field studies of pollutant dispersion in groundwater because it underlines the reliability of exponential correlation structures yielding analytical expression for time-varying macrodispersion coefficients.

The influence of the form of the log-conductivity covariance on non-Fickian dispersion in random permeability fields

SALANDIN, PAOLO;RINALDO, ANDREA
1989

Abstract

The paper deals with non-Fickian dispersion of inert solutes in random permeability fields. Attention is focused critically on the statistical characterization of the porous medium which affects pollutant dispersion in groundwater. After a brief account of recent results of stochastic theories of transport in porous media and of the fundamental indications of large-scale field experiments, it is inferred from numerical studies that the particular choice of an analytical form of covariance of log-conductivity has a poor influence on the overall dispersion process. In fact, different covariance structures with the same macroscale (a measure of the distance between two points beyond which the permeability ceases to be correlated) yield very similar dispersion processes. The result has a noteworthy bearing on field studies of pollutant dispersion in groundwater because it underlines the reliability of exponential correlation structures yielding analytical expression for time-varying macrodispersion coefficients.
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