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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

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

Hodges, R.A., Cooper, C.A., Falta, R.W., 2015. Modeling of Flow and Transport Induced by Production of Hydrofracture-Stimulated Gas Wells Near the Rulison Nuclear Test. Transp. Porous Media 108, 23–42. doi:10.1007/s11242-013-0264-5

Chen, F., Falta, R.W., Murdoch, L.C., 2015. Numerical Analysis of Thermal Remediation in 3D Field-Scale Fractured Geologic Media. Groundwater 53, 572–587. doi:10.1111/gwat.12241

Falta, R.W., Kueper, B.H., 2014. Modeling Plume Responses To Source Treatment, in: Chlorinated Solvent Source Zone Remediation. Springer New York, New York, NY, pp. 145–186. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-6922-3_6

Ruprecht, C., Pini, R., Falta, R., Benson, S., Murdoch, L., 2014. Hysteretic trapping and relative permeability of CO2 in sandstone at reservoir conditions. Int. J. Greenh. Gas Control 27, 15–27. doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2014.05.003