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Modelling phosphorus transport in soils and groundwater with two-consecutive reactions

Notodarmojo, S., Ho, G.E.ORCID: 0000-0001-9190-8812, Scott, W.D. and Davis, G.B. (1991) Modelling phosphorus transport in soils and groundwater with two-consecutive reactions. Water Research, 25 (10). pp. 1205-1216.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0043-1354(91)90059-Y
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Abstract

A model is presented for one-dimensional transport of phosphorus (P) in soils and groundwater. Convective transport, hydrodynamic dispersion and time-dependent phosphorus sorption are accounted for in the model formulation. Time-dependent sorption of soil-P is considered to follow the two consecutive reaction model of Barrow and Shaw (J. Soil Sci. 30, 67-76, 1979) which has been extensively tested against experimental data and can be described by S = k.C(n)t m. The assumed sorption model allows parameters to be obtained by independent batch and column experiments. A numerical technique is used to solve the solute transport equation incorporating a correction to numerical dispersion to improve the numerical solution. An analytical solution for a simplified case is also presented to test the numerical technique. Parameter sensitivity analysis shows that influent concentration and the parameter k strongly affect the initial breakthrough time of solute, with m and n affecting the shape of the breakthrough curve. Preliminary investigations show that the applicability of the model to describe column experimental breakthrough curves is promising.
A model is presented for one-dimensional transport of phosphorus (P) in soils and groundwater. Convective transport, hydrodynamic dispersion and time-dependent phosphorus sorption are accounted for in the model formulation. Time-dependent sorption of soil-P is considered to follow the two consecutive reaction model of Barrow and Shaw (J. Soil Sci. 30, 67-76, 1979) which has been extensively tested against experimental data and can be described by S = k · C nt m. The assumed sorption model allows parameters to be obtained by independent batch and column experiments. A numerical technique is used to solve the solute transport equation incorporating a correction to numerical dispersion to improve the numerical solution. An analytical solution for a simplified case is also presented to test the numerical technique. Parameter sensitivity analysis shows that influent concentration and the parameter k strongly affect the initial breakthrough time of solute, with m and n affecting the shape of the breakthrough curve. Preliminary investigations show that the applicability of the model to describe column experimental breakthrough curves is promising.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier BV
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/11202
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