Relation between mixing and plume geometry in porous media under highly transient flow fields

Published: 19 August 2022| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/7x6dk5mt53.2


Highly transient boundary conditions affect mixing processes in porous media. An example these boundaries is the case of fluctuating rivers that are in contact with the aquifer. Here we apply flow-through experiments to study the relation between mixing and plume geometry under such transient boundary coditions, using experimental data and simulation results. The transport simulations are performed with a modified version of the MT3D-USGS (Bedekar et al., 2016), in which we implement a non-linear velocity-dependent dispersion parametrization. This dataset contains the following files: data_Figs_3_4.mat Data for Figures 3 and 4. Concentration distibution of the tracer under transient flow conditions. data_Fig_5.mat Data for Figure 5. Observed and simulated breakthrough curves for the transient flow. data_Fig_6.mat Data for Figure 6. Vertical profiles for the transient flow. data_Figs_7_8.mat Data for Figures 7 and 8. Dilution index, perimeter and area. data_Fig_9.mat Data for Figures 7 and 8. Maps of flux components. data_Fig_10.mat Data for Figure 10. Spatially averaged flux components. mt_dsp5_modified.for Modified version of the dispersion code of MT3D-USGS with non-linear velocity-dependent parametrization The original source code of MT3D-USGS can be found in References: Bedekar, V., Morway, E.D., Langevin, C.D., and Tonkin, M., 2016, MT3D-USGS version 1.0.0: Groundwater Solute Transport Simulator for MODFLOW: U.S. Geological Survey Software Release, 30 September 2016,


Steps to reproduce

To implement the non-linear velocity-dependent paramterizaztion, the user can compile the MT3D-USGS code with the modified dispersion file. For additional information on MT3D-USGS, we refer the reader to the website of the USGS:


Transport in Porous Medium, Surface Water-Groundwater Interaction