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Ronald W. Falta

Ronald W. FaltaProfessor
336 Brackett Hall
Clemson, SC 29634-0919

Ph.D. Material Science & Mineral Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1990
M.S. Civil Engineering, Auburn University, 1984
B.S. Civil Engineering, Auburn University, 1982

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Faculty Overview

Dr. Falta’s primary teaching and research interests are in hydrogeology, contaminant transport/remediation, and multiphase heat and fluid flow in porous media.  Research projects have largely focused on environmental remediation of hazardous waste sites, geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide, and mathematical modeling of contaminant transport and remediation.

Class Information

For current syllabi, please search the Clemson University Syllabus Repository.

GEOL/EES 8090 Subsurface Remediation Modeling
GEOL/EES 8080 Groundwater Modeling

Selected Publications

Daniel, T.J., Richendrfer, J., Falta, R., Murdoch, L., Lin, H., Darnault, C.J.G., 2023. Hydrogeologic and geomorphic processes in a karst landscape and seasonably-cold climate: Linking spatial distribution and morphometric dynamics of closed depressions to bedrock fractures in a wastewater spray irrigated agricultural and forest system located at the site of the Living Filter in Central Pennsylvania, United States. Agric. Water Manag. 279, 108170. doi:10.1016/J.AGWAT.2023.108170

Ornelles, A.D., Falta, R.W., Divine, C.E., 2023. A Design Tool for Solar Thermal Remediation Using Borehole Heat Exchangers. Groundwater 61, 245–254. doi:10.1111/GWAT.13265

Farhat, S.K., Newell, C.J., Lee, S.A., Looney, B.B., Falta, R.W., 2022. Impact of matrix diffusion on the migration of groundwater plumes for Perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) and other non-degradable compounds. J. Contam. Hydrol. 247. doi:10.1016/J.JCONHYD.2022.103987

Pham, K.T., Falta, R.W., 2022. Use of semi-analytical and dual-porosity models for simulating matrix diffusion in systems with parallel fractures. Adv. Water Resour. 164, 104202. doi:10.1016/J.ADVWATRES.2022.104202

Yu, R., Murdoch, L.C., Falta, R.W., Andrachek, R.G., Pierce, A.A., Parker, B.L., Cherry, J.A., Freedman, D.L., 2020. Chlorinated Ethene Degradation Rate Coefficients Simulated with Intact Sandstone Core Microcosms. Environ. Sci. Technol. 54, 15829–15839. doi:10.1021/ACS.EST.0C05083

Farhat, S.K., Adamson, D.T., Gavaskar, A.R., Lee, S.A., Falta, R.W., Newell, C.J., 2020. Vertical Discretization Impact in Numerical Modeling of Matrix Diffusion in Contaminated Groundwater. Groundw. Monit. Remediat. 40, 52–64.

Barajas-Rodriguez, F.J., Murdoch, L.C., Falta, R.W., Freedman, D.L., 2019. Simulation of in situ biodegradation of 1,4-dioxane under metabolic and cometabolic conditions. J. Contam. Hydrol. 223, 103464. doi:10.1016/J.JCONHYD.2019.02.006

Muskus, N., Falta, R.W., 2018. Semi-analytical method for matrix diffusion in heterogeneous and fractured systems with parent-daughter reactions. J. Contam. Hydrol. 218, 94–109. doi:10.1016/J.JCONHYD.2018.10.002

Falta, R.W., Wang, W., 2017. A semi-analytical method for simulating matrix diffusion in numerical transport models. J. Contam. Hydrol. doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2016.12.007

Hall, R., Murdoch, L., Falta, R., Looney, B., Riha, B., 2016. Evaluation of liquid aerosol transport through porous media. J. Contam. Hydrol. 190, 15–28. doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2016.03.003

Murdoch, L.C., Xie, S., Falta, R.W., Ruprecht, C., 2015. Effects of increased upward flux of dissolved salts caused by CO2 storage or other factors. J. Hydrol. 527, 776–787. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.05.022