Eulerian–Lagrangian localized adjoint methods for reactive transport with biodegradation

Hong Wang, Richard E. Ewing, Michael Anthony Celia

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The microbial degradation of organic contaminants in the subsurface holds significant potential as a mechanism for in‐situ remediation strategies. The mathematical models that describe contaminant transport with biodegradation involve a set of advective–diffusive–reactive transport equations. These equations are coupled through the nonlinear reaction terms, which may involve reactions with all of the species and are themselves coupled to growth equations for the subsurface bacterial populations. In this article, we develop Eulerian–Lagrangian localized adjoint methods (ELLAM) to solve these transport equations. ELLAM are formulated to systematically adapt to the changing features of governing partial differential equations. The relative importance of retardation, advection, diffusion, and reaction is directly incorporated into the numerical method by judicious choice of the test functions that appear in the weak form of the governing equation. Different ELLAM schemes for linear variable–coefficient advective–diffusive–reactive transport equations are developed based on different operator splittings. Specific linearization techniques are discussed and are combined with the ELLAM schemes to solve the nonlinear, multispecies transport equations. © 1995 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-254
Number of pages26
JournalNumerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analysis
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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