Monitoring Petroleum Contamination in an Aquifer

by Paramesh Anantharaman, Cooper Union for the Advancement of, Science and Art, New York, United States,
Joseph C. Cataldo, (M.ASCE), Cooper Union for the Advancement of, Science and Art, New York, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: An experimental study of the behavior of petroleum in an aquifer with static and changing water depths were studied. The experimental apparatus consisted of plexiglass tanks filled with sand. Screened wells cut in half lengthwise and attached to the sides of the tanks were used to determine the product thickness. The spill was simulated by a point source injection into the sand and a continuous release of petroleum (kerosene) over the top surface of the soil. Measured volumes of the petroleum were added, and aquifer and well product thickness was determined periodically. Photographic techniques were used to record the physical processes in the experiment and groundwater flows were modeled to study aquifer conditions.

Subject Headings: Soil pollution | Hydrologic models | Groundwater pollution | Water quality | Petroleum | Aquifers

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