Description: Matrix diffusion is an important process affecting solutetransport in fractured rock, and the matrix diffusion coefficient is akey parameter for describing this process. Previous studies haveindicated that the effective matrix-diffusion coefficient values,obtained from a number of field tracer tests, are enhanced in comparisonwith local values and may increase with test scale. In thiscommunication, we develop analytical expressions for the effective matrixdiffusion coefficient for two simple fracture-matrix systems, anddemonstrate that heterogeneities in the rock matrix at different scalescontribute to the scale dependence of the effective matrix diffusioncoefficient.
Date: May 30, 2005
Creator: Liu, H. H.; Zhang, Y. Q. & Molz, F. J.
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