Modeling of multi-phase flow and surfactant flushing using transparent aquabeads

Hung Chieh Lo, Kazunori Tabe, Magued Iskander, Sung Ho Yoon

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The feasibility of using Transparent Aquabeads and an advanced imaging system to visualize geoenvironmental contamination problems is investigated. The developed system consists of (1) a transparent synthetic soil suitable for modeling natural soils with hydraulic conductivity in the 10 -2 to 10 -5 cm/sec range, (2) an imaging system, (3) surfactants, and (4) LNAPLS contaminants. Multi-phase flow and surfactant flushing tests were conducted using a layered soil system and two contaminants, mineral oil and motor oil. Because a transparent soil is used, the optical systems allows for visualizing surfactant flushing. The effect of surfactant viscosity on the recovery ratio is presented to illustrate the benefit of the developed system in geoenvironmental studies Copyright ASCE 2008.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of Sessions of GeoCongress 2008 - GeoCongress 2008
Subtitle of host publicationCharacterization, Monitoring, and Modeling of GeoSystems, GSP 179
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2008
EventGeoCongress 2008: Characterization, Monitoring, and Modeling of GeoSystems - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: Mar 9 2008Mar 12 2008

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


OtherGeoCongress 2008: Characterization, Monitoring, and Modeling of GeoSystems
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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