An analytical model of miscible flow in multi-component porous media is presented to demonstrate the influence of pore capacitance in extending diffusive tailing. Solute attenuation is represented naturally by accommodating diffusive and convective flux components in macropores amd micropores as elicited by the local solute concentration and velocity fields. A set of twin, coupled differential equations result from the Laplace transform and are solved simultaneously using a differential operator for one-dimensional flow geometry. The solutions in real space are achieved using numeric inversion. In addition, to represent more faithfully the dominant physical processes, this approach enables efficient and stable semi-analytical solution procedure of the coupled system that is significantly more complex than current capacitance type models. Parametric studies are completed to illustrate the ability of the model to represent sharp breakthrough and lengthy tailing, as well as investigating the form of the nested heterogeneity as a result of solute exchange between macropores and micropores. Data from a laboratory column experiment is examined using the present model and satisfactory agreement results.
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- Chemical Engineering(all)