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The Groundwater Engineering research group of the University of Politecnico di Torino is led by Prof. Rajandrea Sethi, full professor of Groundwater Engineering and Head of the Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering (DIATI), Politecnico di Torino.

Our theoretical and applied research activity is focused on:

  • experimental study (column transport) and numerical modelling of natural and anthropogenic colloid transport in saturated porous media;

  • shallow geothermal energy, both groundwater heat pumps (open loop) and closed loop plants

  • simulation of flow and contaminant transport with physically based (Visual Modflow, FEFLOW) and black box (Artificial Neural Networks) models;

  • development of alternative approaches for the saturated zone characterization: pumping tests and slug tests for aquifer characterization, hydraulic efficiency characterization for wells;

  • advanced technologies for the characterization of contaminated sites, with rotation and direct push probes, active and passive gas sampling, multilevel piezometers;

  • innovative in-situ remediation technologies: zero-valent iron Permeable Reactive Barriers (PRB), and micro/nano iron particles (MZVI/NZVI) for reactive zone (RZ) generation and contaminant source treatment.

The group participates in many research projects, financed by the Ministry of University and Research (MIUR), the National Research Council (CNR) and by Regional Government. It is partner of NANOREM and REGROUND European research projects, both aiming at transferring aquifer remediation technologies from lab scale to field scale. It is further partner of the GRETA project, funded by the EU INTERREG Alpine Space program, aiming at fostering the diffusion of Ground Source Heat Pumps in the Alpine regions. The group is also committed in multiple researches dealing with environmental monitoring, such as the groundwater monitoring of the building sites of the MOSE Project in Venice. Groundwater Engineering group also participated in the realization of the first permeable reactive barrier using zero-valent iron in Italy. Intense research and activities of the group are shown by many national and international scientific publications.