EGU General Assembly 2023
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Mechanisms of Solute Mixing in Darcy’s scale Heterogeneous Formations

Aronne Dell Oca and Marco Dentz
Aronne Dell Oca and Marco Dentz
  • consejo superior de investigaciones científicas, Instituto de Diagnóstico Ambiental y Estudios del Agua - CSIC, Barcelona, Spain (
Solute mixing in porous media plays a fundamental role in a variety of applications, e.g., environmental risk assessment, geochemical reactive transport. Mixing dynamics are strongly impacted by the medium heterogeneity, which leads to inhomogeneity of solute concentration within the spreading and the mixing volume. Considering Darcy scale heterogeneous formations, we develop a randomly dispersive lamellae approach in which the variability in the dispersion rates of the lamellae that constitute a solute plume is recognized as a fundamental aspect of the mixing dynamics. The framework allows representing the inhomogeneity of the concentration distribution within the mixing volume before the late time well-mixed condition is reached. Furthermore, in light of the hidden (data scarcity) and heterogeneous nature of environmental porous formations, the degree of mixing of a solute plume is uncertain. The proposed randomly dispersive lamellae framework represents a strategy to quantify the latter. We test our approach for mildly to highly heterogeneous formations.

How to cite: Dell Oca, A. and Dentz, M.: Mechanisms of Solute Mixing in Darcy’s scale Heterogeneous Formations, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-6771,, 2023.