2D flow in transparent synthetic soils

Magued Iskander, Jinyuan Liu, Hung Chieh Lo, Kazunori Tabe

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


In this chapter, 2D multiphase flow and surfactant flushing tests were simulated using a variety of transparent synthetic soils including silica gel, fused silica, and Aquabeads. The developed technology allows for visualizing the contamination concentration profiles and the surfactant's sweeping efficiency. The breakthrough curves of dye through both materials were typical of the bell-shape reported for natural soil. Image analysis shows both the advection and dispersion processes clearly visible in the tests, which demonstrates that transparent synthetic soil can be used to visualize and non-invasively measure pollutant transport in natural soil.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationModelling with Transparent soils
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages34
ISBN (Print)9783642025006
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering
ISSN (Print)1866-8755
ISSN (Electronic)1866-8763

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Mechanics of Materials


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