Award Date

12-15-2019

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Geoscience

First Committee Member

Michael Nicholl

Second Committee Member

Dave Kreamer

Third Committee Member

Markus Berli

Fourth Committee Member

Jacimaria Batista

Number of Pages

37

Abstract

The objective of this work was to evaluate the utility of bench scale sand tank experiments at assessing permeable reactive barrier (PRB) design. Our criteria for meeting this goal was that differences between PRB designs could be identified solely by measuring concentration in outflow from the sand tank models. For our PRB designs (funnel-and-gate, staggered wells, and parallel bars), numerical simulations clearly showed that PRB design had a quantifiable effect on outflow concentration, provided that the solute reacted with the PRB materials. Conversely, use of a conservative (non-reactive) solute did not allow us to discern between PRB design alternatives. Employing the data collected from the numerical simulations can refine the design of the reactive barriers prior to physical sand tank experiments. Utilization of numerically simulated reactive barriers could be a way to predict and validate the use of a physical, bench-scale sand tank models.

Keywords

computer simulation; Funnel-and-gate; numerical model; physical bench scale model; Reactive Barrier; Sand Tank experiments

Disciplines

Environmental Engineering | Environmental Sciences | Hydrology

File Format

pdf

File Size

0.804 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

Rights

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