In situ remediation of groundwater contaminations based on the application of nanoparticles is a new and promising, yet challenging technology. One of the most difficult challenges in this context is the amount and scientific level of modelling of particle migration in the aquifer, which is mainly based on hydraulics, hydrodynamics, interactions between the individual surface charge of the particles and the charge of the sediment or bed rock environment.
Commercially available particle tracking tools for established models like ModFlow do not per se cover these frame conditions, which are required for successful field applications. For each site, and each application, a predictive simulation of the nanoparticle transport and mobility needs to be run.
intraView® does provide all this with an unique and novel 3D predictive modelling approach.
By improving the quality of the modelling in remediation projects, multiple benefits can be realized. First, 2D and 3D predictions on hydrology and particle transport greatly help to target and tailor specific remediation measures like e.g. well drilling, nanoparticle injections, and the installation of monitoring wells. This in turn helps to reduce costs, and thereby generate decisive competitive advantages. And only if we model the expected nanoparticle movement during injection, a valid surveillance strategy can be implemented. Water authorities greatly welcome predictive models, as they can assure them of the safety of our nanoremediation applications. High quality 2D and 3D predictive nanoparticle transport models open a new horizon in terms of cost reductions, application safety, and overall process control.
With intraView®, a true key for unlocking the whole potential of nanoremediation becomes available.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 738291.