Solving the advection-dispersion equation using the discrete puff particle method

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    A flexible, mass-conservative numerical technique for solving the advection-dispersion equation for miscible contaminant transport is presented. The method combines features of puff transport models from air pollution studies with features from the random walk particle method used in water resources studies, providing a deterministic time-marching algorithm which is independent of the grid Peclet number and scales from one to higher dimensions simply. The concentration field is discretised into a number of particles, each of which is treated as a point release which advects and disperses over the time interval. The dispersed puff is itself discretised into a spatial distribution of particles whose masses can be pre-calculated. Concentration within the simulation domain is then calculated from the mass distribution as an average over some small volume. Comparison with analytical solutions for a one-dimensional fixed-duration concentration pulse and for two-dimensional transport in an axisymmetric flow field indicate that the algorithm performs well. For a given level of accuracy the new method has lower computation times than the random walk particle method.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)29-39
    Number of pages11
    JournalComputers and Geotechnics
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 1999

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science Applications
    • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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