CIVL6470

Contaminant Hydrogeology

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Engineering
Availability Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the key principles of hydrogeology and contaminant transport
  2. Conduct laboratory experiments to illustrate key concepts.
  3. Derive solution techniques for common problems in contaminant hydrogeology
  4. Develop critical thinking skills
  5. Demonstrate capability to research the literature and apply it to practical problems.
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.

Requisites
  • This course has similarities to CIVL3470. If you have successfully completed CIVL3470, you cannot enrol in this course.
Assumed Knowledge Content covered in courses CIVL2310 Fluid Mechanics; CIVL2040 Engineering Probabilities; CIVL2060 Numerical Methods
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Written assignments
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory experiments
  • Report: Research investigation
  • Formal Examination: Formal Exam

Contact Hours

Callaghan

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting week 1
3 x 1 lectures per week

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for CIVL6470
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