Effects of Spatially Heterogeneous Porosity on Matrix-Diffusion as Investigated by X ray Absorption Imaging

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Laboratory experiments were performed to investigate the effects of spatial variation in porosity on matrix-diffusion processes. Four centimeter-scale slabs of Culebra dolomite taken from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant site were used in the tests. Experiments involved the simple diffusion of iodine into a single edge of each rock slab while X ray absorption imaging was used to measure the resulting two-dmensional solute concentration field as a function of time. X ray imaging was also used to quantify the two-dimensional porosity field of each rock slab. Image analysis provided a unique opportunity to both visuake and quantifj the effects of ... continued below

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Boney, C.; Christian-Frear, T.; Meigs, L. C. & Tidwell, V. C. October 20, 1998.

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Laboratory experiments were performed to investigate the effects of spatial variation in porosity on matrix-diffusion processes. Four centimeter-scale slabs of Culebra dolomite taken from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant site were used in the tests. Experiments involved the simple diffusion of iodine into a single edge of each rock slab while X ray absorption imaging was used to measure the resulting two-dmensional solute concentration field as a function of time. X ray imaging was also used to quantify the two-dimensional porosity field of each rock slab. Image analysis provided a unique opportunity to both visuake and quantifj the effects of the spatially variable porosi~ on matrixdMusion. Four key results were obtained. First, significant variation in rates of diffusion were realized over the relatively small length (centimeter) and time scales (months) investigated. Second, clear evidence of diffusion preferentially following zones of relatively higher porosity was noted. Third, rate of difhion was found to vary as tracer diffused into the rock slabs encountering changing porosity conditions. Fourth, strong correlation between porosi~ and the calculated diffusion coefficients was found. In fact, the nature of the correlation can be related to the geometry, position, and orientation of the heterogeneous porosity features populating each rock slab.

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  • Journal Name: Journal of Contaminate Hydrology

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  • Report No.: SAND98-1023J
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1093
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Boney, C.; Christian-Frear, T.; Meigs, L. C. & Tidwell, V. C. Effects of Spatially Heterogeneous Porosity on Matrix-Diffusion as Investigated by X ray Absorption Imaging, article, October 20, 1998; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc628362/: accessed November 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.