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Bioplume II

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BIOPLUME II is a simulation that computes concentrations of dissolved hydrocarbon under the influence of oxygen-limited biodegradation in an aquifer. The model solves the solute transport equation for both hydrocarbon and oxygen, assumes an instantaneous reaction between oxygen and hydrocarbon, and combines the two plumes using the principle of superposition. Computations account for convection, dispersion, mixing, and biodegradation effects. Also, the program can simulate slow hydrocarbon plumes undergoing biodegradation and can simulate in situ biorestoration schemes such as the injection of oxygenated water. Moreover, the model can simulate re-aeration and anaerobic biodegradation as a first-order decay in hydrocarbon concentrations.


Version 1.1
Release Date October 1989
Development Status general release
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Operating System DOS
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Minimum System Requirements

To run BIOPLUME II, you will need the following:

Optional hardware includes:


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Installation program and instructions (ZIP) (161 Kb)

US EPA. (1987) "BIOPLUME II, Computer Model of Two-Dimensional Contaminant Transport Under the Influence of Oxygen-Limited Biodegradation in Ground Water – User’s Manual, Version 1.0." Publication No. 600/8-88/093A.

Installation Instructions

  1. Refer to the BIOPLUME II user's manual for further instructions.
  2. Go to Windows Explorer and create a directory named BIOPLUMEII.
  3. Download the user's manual, installation program, and instructions to the new directory.
  4. In the new directory, double-click on the bioplume3.exe file. Click on the Extract button; this will unzip the files into the same directory.
  5. Review the user’s manual for instructions on running the model.
  6. Run the menu.exe file to start the model.

In order to run the programs, the following command must be included in the file CONFIG.SYS on your system disk: DEVICE = ANSI.SYS

Note: The file ANSI.SYS, included with the DOS package, must reside in the same directory as CONFIG.SYS. Otherwise, a pathname must be included in the file. Please refer to your DOS reference manual for details on this command.

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