Contaminant Hydrogeology

Description

The theory of groundwater flow and the transport of pollutants in groundwater are covered in this course. Topics include the modeling of groundwater flow and contaminant transport, well hydraulics, flow nets, subsurface chemical and microbial processes, sea water intrusion, groundwater monitoring and remediation.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Introduce the discipline of hydrogeology and contaminant transport

2. Include laboratory experiments to illustrate key concepts.

3. Introduce solution techniques for common problems in contaminant hydrogeology

4. Develop critical thinking skills.

Content

  1. Introduction to groundwater, groundwater history and groundwater resources in Australia.
  2. Darcy's Law and basic definitions.
  3. Aquifer properties and groundwater geology.
  4. 3D and 2D groundwater flow equation.
  5. Developing solutions to groundwater flow problems; boundary conditions, initial conditions.
  6. Analytical solutions to groundwater flow problems.
  7. Flow nets.
  8. Regional groundwater flow.
  9. Well hydraulics.
  10. Pump tests.
  11. Numerical modelling of groundwater flow problems; MODFLOW.
  12. Model calibration, parameter estimation and prediction.
  13. Groundwater contamination - overview.
  14. Groundwater chemistry.
  15. Contaminant transport equation.
  16. Diffusion and dispersion.
  17. Model calibration and parameter estimation.
  18. Boundary and initial conditions.
  19. Analytical solutions.
  20. Measurement of dispersivity.
  21. Sea water intrusion.
  22. Retardation.
  23. Biodegradation.
  24. Site remediation.

Assumed Knowledge

Content covered in courses CIVL1331; CIVL2050; MATH2310.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Assignments

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Experiments

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact Hours

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

Plus informal student consultation time.

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 3 Weeks

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks