Enhancing indigenous microorganisms to bioremediate contaminated soils

Michael J. Sadowsky, Ronald F. Turco

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This chapter considers the use of the convection-dispersion equation (CDE) for two more challenging albeit unrelated problems of nonequilibrium and multicomponent transport. The physical nonequilibrium concept is based on convective-dispersive transport in a mobile region of the liquid phase and diffusive solute transfer between the mobile and immobile regions. The concept behind physical nonequilibrium models is that differences between regions of the liquid phase lead to mostly lateral gradients in the solute concentration resulting in a diffusive type solute transfer process. Multicomponent models have been formulated to solve the simultaneous transport of many species. Typically, these models include not only the previously discussed single species CDE but also equilibrium or kinetic descriptions for chemical processes in the aqueous and adsorbed phases. The chapter reviews the formulation of all relevant processes and variables to solve multicomponent transport problems, and contains a case study of reclaiming a sodic soil by furrow irrigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBioremediation of Contaminated Soils
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780891182290
ISBN (Print)9780891181378
StatePublished - Oct 26 2015

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  • Chemical nonequilibrium
  • Convection-dispersion equation
  • Furrow irrigation
  • Multicomponent transport models
  • Nonequilibrium formulation
  • Nonequilibrium transport
  • Physical nonequilibrium
  • Sodic soil
  • Solute concentration
  • Solute transfer process


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