A review of visualization techniques of biocolloid transport processes at the pore scale under saturated and unsaturated conditions

Arturo A. Keller, Maria Auset

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Field and column studies of biocolloid transport in porous media have yielded a large body of information, used to design treatment systems, protect water supplies and assess the risk of pathogen contamination. However, the inherent "black-box" approach of these larger scales has resulted in generalizations that sometimes prove inaccurate. Over the past 10-15 years, pore scale visualization techniques have improved substantially, allowing the study of biocolloid transport in saturated and unsaturated porous media at a level that provides a very clear understanding of the processes that govern biocolloid movement. For example, it is now understood that the reduction in pathways for biocolloids as a function of their size leads to earlier breakthrough. Interception of biocolloids by the porous media used to be considered independent of fluid flow velocity, but recent work indicates that there is a relationship between them. The existence of almost stagnant pore water regions within a porous medium can lead to storage of biocolloids, but this process is strongly colloid-size dependent, since larger biocolloids are focused along the central streamlines in the flowing fluid. Interfaces, such as the air-water interface, the soil-water interface and the soil-water-air interface, play a major role in attachment and detachment, with significant implications for risk assessment and system design. Important research questions related to the pore-scale factors that control attachment and detachment are key to furthering our understanding of the transport of biocolloids in porous media.

Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines (de-a)1392-1407
Nombre de pàgines16
RevistaAdvances in Water Resources
Volum30
Número6-7
DOIs
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - de juny 2007
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