Solution of diffusion-advection equation of radon transport in many-layered geological media

Valentina S. Yakovleva, Roman I. Parovik

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Radon transport modeling in geological media is an important tool for solving problems and tasks of radioecology and geophysics. Comparison of radon field time series obtained by numerical and experimental methods is one of the most common and widely applicable ways to analyze the influence of state and variability of meteorological, electrical and actinometric parameters of atmosphere, cosmic weather factors, variations of deflected mode of geological medium on the level and variations of radon field. The solutions of stationary and non-stationary diffusion-advection equations of radon transport in many-layered geological media by numerical methods, notably by integro-interpolation method (balance method) are presented. The peculiarity of radon transport in many-layered media is taken into account in the developed numerical model. This peculiarity is connected with the transport equation coefficients which can change very rapidly at the border of two adjacent layers, i.e. they can be discontinuous at the borders of each layer that can be caused by parameters of soils greatly differing in value (density, porosity, radium content, diffusion and emanation coefficients). The present work is provided with an example of application of the developed numerical model for solving a practical problem on assessment of influence of deep seated uranium-containing rock on the value of radon volumetric activity at the depth of ≤ 1 m. The article considers non-stationary numerical model calculations showing at what time moments the distribution curves of radon volumetric activity coincide with stationary regime of radon transport in geological media. The validity of the developed numerical solution has been confirmed by these calculations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-606
Number of pages6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Advection
  • Diffusion
  • Modeling
  • Radon
  • Soil
  • Transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Instrumentation
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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