EGU General Assembly 2022
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Influence of Particle Sizes on Solute and Heat Transport Interpretation

Ji-Young Baek1, Byeong-Hak Park2, and Kang-Kun Lee1
Ji-Young Baek et al.
  • 1Seoul National University, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Seoul, Republic of Korea (
  • 2Disposal Performance Demonstration Research Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

Tracer experiments have been carried out for various scales to enhance the understanding of transport processes in porous media. The comparison between multi-tracers behaviors could provide insights in using tracers for the aquifer characterization. Especially, the comparison of heat and solute transports has been drawing attention in recent studies based on the similarity of governing equations. However, the difference between influences of particle sizes on heat and solute transport processes has yet to be clarified. In this study, to investigate the impacts of mean grain size (d50) difference on solute and heat transports, laboratory heat, and solute tracer experiments were conducted using two grain sizes of sand (d50 = 0.50, and 0.76 mm). Obtained experimental data were analyzed by mathematical models and those results were compared at 7 different flow conditions for two different mean grain sizes. Compared to other experimental data conducted with various particle sizes, normalized thermal dispersion coefficients showed a wider range of values to the different particle sizes under the same Pèclet number than normalized solute dispersion coefficients, even though the heat transport occurred in smaller Pèclet numbers. These results could indicate that the influence of particle size difference could be more critical in thermal dispersion coefficients.


This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (No. 2017R1A2B3002119). This work was also supported by Korea Environment Industry & Technology Institute(KEITI) through "Activation of remediation technologies by application of multiple tracing techniques for remediation of groundwater in fractured rocks" funded by Korea Ministry of Environment (MOE)(Grant number:20210024800002/1485017890). This work was also supported by the Institute for Korea Spent Nuclear Fuel (iKSNF) and National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korean government (Ministry of Science and ICT, MSIT) (Grant number: 2021M2E1A1085200).


How to cite: Baek, J.-Y., Park, B.-H., and Lee, K.-K.: Influence of Particle Sizes on Solute and Heat Transport Interpretation, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-6763,, 2022.

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