Modelling of transport and biogeochemical processes in pollution plumes: Literature review of model development

A. Brun, Peter Knudegaard Engesgaard

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Abstract

A literature survey shows how biogeochemical (coupled organic and inorganic reaction processes) transport models are based on considering the complete biodegradation process as either a single- or as a two-step process. It is demonstrated that some two-step process models rely on the Partial Equilibrium Approach (PEA). The PEA assumes the organic degradation step, and not the electron acceptor consumption step, is rate limiting. This distinction is not possible in one-step process models, where consumption of both the electron donor and acceptor are treated kinetically. A three-dimensional, two-step PEA model is developed. The model allows for Monod kinetics and biomass growth, features usually included only in one-step process models. The biogeochemical part of the model is tested for a batch system with degradation of organic matter under the consumption of a sequence of electron acceptors. A second paper [J. Hydrol. 256 (2002) 230-249], reports the application of the model to a field study of biogeochemical transport processes in a landfill plume in Denmark (Vejen). (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Hydrology
Volume256
Issue number3-4
Pages (from-to)211-227
ISSN0022-1694
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • biogeochemistry
  • reactive transport modelling
  • pollution
  • literature survey

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