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The Fundamentals of Soil Characteristics

Explore soil’s sorption-desorption process and learn how to safely transport contaminants with this free online course.

Publisher: NPTEL
This free online course covers the sorption-desorption processes that occur in soil and the methods for transporting contaminants. We explain how to model diffusion in soils using impedance spectroscopy and outline the factors that affect its contaminant and transport. We also show you how to determine the thermal properties of geomaterials. This course suits anyone interested in geology and its role in defining the world around us.
The Fundamentals of Soil Characteristics
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    4-5 Hours
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This course introduces you to soil’s sorption-desorption processes and lays out how to safely store and transport potentially hazardous contaminants. We help you appreciate the significant role played by the properties, environmental variables and corrosion potential of soil. This course is designed to help you study at your own pace as we break down complex topics into manageable bites.

We show you how various types of fluids flow through porous media and explain how advection and diffusion can be harnessed to contain and transport contaminated material. We then demonstrate the process of modelling diffusion in soils using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The course breaks down the factors that drive the important task of caring for hazardous materials.

Finally, we illustrate the importance and challenges of sorption and desorption in geomaterials. We unpack the importance of sorting geomaterials according to thermal properties and teach you how to do so. This informative course can help students, budding civil engineers and curious researchers.

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