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Wyoming is lack in water resources. Aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) through water
injection could be an important method to solve the water problem in Wyoming. However
water injection could lead to contamination of ASR due to the leaching of heavy metals
and other elements. Therefore prediction of the potential of leaching of contaminants
with a model is critically important to the successes of the application of ASR technology
in Wyoming and other states in the U.S.
The proposed project is designed to provide a solution to the universal issue facing many potential ASR technology customers, which is based on the physical and chemical properties of rocks and waters to be used and chemical engineering's kinetic theories. Both batch leaching and continuous flow leaching models are going to be developed. The purpose of developing batching model is to obtain necessary kinetic parameters for development of continuous flow leaching model. The continuous flow models (for multi species) will not only be developed but also be tested under various contaminant leaching conditions.