Comparison of the johnson-ettinger vapor intrusion screening model predictions with full three-dimensional model results

Yijun Yao, Rui Shen, Kelly G. Pennell, Eric M. Suuberg

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Abstract

The Johnson-Ettinger vapor intrusion model (J-E model) is the most widely used screening tool for evaluating vapor intrusion potential because of its simplicity and convenience of use. Since its introduction about twenty years ago, the J-Emodel has become a cornerstone in guidance related to the potential for significant vapor intrusion-related exposures. A few papers have been published that claim it is a conservative predictor of exposure, but there has not been a systematic comparison in the open literature of the J-E model predictions with the results of more complete full three-dimensional descriptions of the phenomenon. In this paper, predictions from a three-dimensional model of vapor intrusion, based upon finite element calculations of homogeneous soil scenarios, are directly compared with the results of the J-E model. These results suggest that there are conditions under which the J-E model predictions might be quite reasonable but that there are also others in which the predictions are low as well as high. Some small modifications to the J-Emodel are also suggested that can bring its predictions into excellent agreement with those of the much more elaborate 3-D models, in some specific cases of homogeneous soils. Finally, both models were compared with actual field data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2227-2235
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Volume45
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 15 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (all)
  • Environmental Chemistry

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