TMVOC, A Numerical Simulator for Three-Phase Non-isothermal Flows of Multicomponent Hydrocarbon Mixtures in Variably Saturated Heterogeneous Media
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TMVOC, A Numerical Simulator for Three-Phase Non-isothermal Flows of Multicomponent Hydrocarbon Mixtures in Variably Saturated Heterogeneous Media

  • Author(s): Pruess, Karsten
  • Battistelli, Alfredo
  • et al.
Abstract

TMVOC is designed for studying subsurface contamination by volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as hydrocarbon fuels and industrial solvents. It can model the one-, two-, or three-dimensional migration of non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) through the unsaturated and saturated zones, the formation of an oil lens on the water table, the dissolution and subsequent transport of VOCs in groundwater, as well as the vaporization and migration of VOCs in the interstitial air of the unsaturated zone, and the reversible sorption of VOCs on the rock matrix of a porous medium. TMVOC accounts for differences in aqueous solubility and volatility of different VOCs that may be present in a NAPL. Thermal remediation treatments such as steam injection or electric resistance heating and associated phase change and flow effects can also be modeled. A simple half-life model for biodegradation is included as well.

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