Solute transport by a volatile solvent
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Reclamation and impact analysis of retorted oil shale piles will require prediction of water and solute transport rates over the entire solution content range, down to and including the relatively dry region. In such dry materials, vapor transport of water affects the transport of solutes. Experimental measurements of transport coefficients in relatively dry oil shale have brought forward longstanding questions concerning the mechanics of combined liquid-vapor flow. Principal among these is the apparent inability of porous media to transport solutes at low solution contents. In an attempt to ...