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School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Now offering two distinct diplomas: Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Groundwater flow and Contaminant Transport

1. COURSE INFORMATION:

SchoolChemical and Environmental Engineering
Course LevelUndergraduate
DirectionEnvironmental Engineering
Course IDENVE 432Semester8th
Course CategoryRequired
Course ModulesInstruction Hours per WeekECTS

Lectures, Lab assignments and Tutorials

5
T=3, E=1, L=2/2

5
Course TypeSpecial Background
Prerequisites 
Instruction/Exam LanguageGreek
The course is offered to Erasmus studentsNo
Course URLhttps//www.eclass.tuc.gr/courses/MHPER162/ (in Greek)

 

2. LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Recall the hydrogeological framework and the basic principles and parameters that  determine the flow of groundwater
  • Solve the basic equations of Underground Hydraulics
  • Recognize the operation of wells and their impact on aquifers
  • Distinguish the mechanisms of transport of pollutants in the subsoil
  • Design simple and complex groundwater plumbing projects and groundwater exploitation and protection projects 
 
General Competencies/Skills
 
  • Autonomous work
  • Teamwork 
  • Project planning and management
 

3. COURSE SYLLABUS

 
  1. Porous Media, Groundwater Distribution, Porosity, Hydrogeological Formations
  2. Hydraulic heads and Slopes, Hydraulic Conductivity, Homogeneity and Anisotropy
  3. Free Aquifers, Constrained Aquifers
  4. Continuity Equation, Numerical Groundwater Models
  5. Wells, Constant Flow to Well (Free and Constrained Aquifers, Leaking Aquifers)
  6. Unstable Flow to Well
  7. Pumping Test, Soil Water in the Unsaturated Zone
  8. Soil Measurements and Properties
  9. Water Balance
  10. Sources of Pollution, Mass Transfer Procedures Continuity Equation, Concept of Transport
  11. Underground Flow Diodes, Impacts on Underground Pollution
  12. Fick Law, Molecular Diffusion Factors, Diffusion in Porous Media
  13. Applications of Diffusion Equation, One-Dimensional Flow, Circular Flow, Transverse Dispersion, Mechanical Dispersion Tensor, Dispersion Models and Pollution Zones
 

4. INSTRUCTION and LEARNING METHODS - ASSESSMENT

Lecture MethodDirect (face to face)

Use of Information and Communication Technology

 
  • Specialized software 
  • Supplementation of learning procedure through e-class platform
  • Environmental models development and use
 
Instruction OrganisationActivityWorkload per Semester
(hours)
- Lectures39
- Tutorials13
- Projects, autonomous assignments and lab assignments50
- Study and literature review23
Course Total125
Assessment Method Ι. Written final examination (60%) which includes:
-Problem solving with quantitative data.

ΙΙ. Lab report assessment (15%).

III. Projects 25%).

5. RECOMMENDED READING

 
  • Groundwater Flow and Transport course notes, G.P. Karatzas
  • Groundwater Hydraulics, Tolikas D., Epikentro Publications
 

6. INSTRUCTORS

Course Instructor:Professor G. Karatzas (Faculty - ChEnvEng)
Lectures:Professor G. Karatzas (Faculty - ChEnvEng)
Tutorial exercises:Professor G. Karatzas (Faculty - ChEnvEng)
Laboratory Exercises:PD 407/80