Articles | Volume 24, issue 12
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 5903–5917, 2020
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 5903–5917, 2020

Research article 15 Dec 2020

Research article | 15 Dec 2020

A new criterion for determining the representative elementary volume of translucent porous media and inner contaminant

Ming Wu et al.

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A new criterion (χi) is proposed to estimate representative elementary volume (REV) of a translucent material based on light transmission techniques. This study is essential for quantitative investigation of the scale effect of porous media and contaminant transformation. The fluid and contaminant migration and transform in porous media can be simulated accurately according to the REV estimation results using the light transmission technique and the appropriate criterion χi.