Anomalous transport in activated carbon porous samples: Power-law trapping-time distributions

  • Drazer G
  • Rosen M
  • Zanette D
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We present experimental solute desorption measurements in porous packings of activated carbon grains. In desorption experiments a tagged NaI solution initially saturating the medium is replaced by water. The solute concentration, obtained at different cross sections of the porous sample, follows a power-law decay for long times. We experimentally observe a constant power-law exponent as we modify the injection rate and the distance from the inlet section. We reobtain this behavior within a continuous-time random-walk approach, establishing a relation between the waiting time distribution and the adsorption isotherm determined experimentally. The obtained waiting time distribution with a divergent first moment is characteristic of anomalous mixing zone broadening.

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  • G. Drazer

  • M. Rosen

  • D. H. Zanette

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