Investigation of the Iron Oxidation Kinetics in Mantua Reservoir Investigation of the Iron Oxidation Kinetics in Mantua Reservoir
Using laboratory investigations and computer modeling, I determined that on re-aeration, fifty percent of the dissolved iron in the water precipitates in five hours. Using first-order kinetics to model this process, I found the rate constant of the kinetic reaction to be 0.0029 min-1. Fitting a geochemical computer model of the iron oxidation kinetics in Mantua reservoir, which uses a higher-order kinetics model to better model this process, to experimental kinetic data yielded a rate constant of 4x1013 /atm x min.
I also recreated the staining process in the laboratory using concrete. This was successful and provided visual evidence that the iron precipitates out of the water and stained the concrete within a couple of hours of application. Field data collected from Mantua reservoir showed that the dissolved oxygen concentration in the reservoir drops regularly below levels consistent with equilibrium to the atmosphere. While my field measurements did not record anaerobic conditions, based on the patterns shown, this study shows that it would be possible for anaerobic conditions to occur during warmer weather.
School:Brigham Young University
School Location:USA - Utah
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:iron oxidation geo chemical modeling kinetics mantua reservoir phreeqc staining water chemistry dissolved oxygen
Date of Publication:03/26/2007