Title: A drawdown solution for constant-flux pumping in a confined anticline aquifer
Authors: Chen, Yen-Ju
Yeh, Hund-Der
Kuo, Chia-Chen
Institute of Environmental Engineering
Keywords: Anticline aquifer;Pumping test;Partially penetrating well;Anisotropy;Integral transform
Issue Date: 5-Aug-2011
Abstract: An An anticline, known as a convex-upward fold in layers of rock, commonly is formed during lateral compression, which may be elected as a potential site for carbon sequestration. A mathematical model is developed in this study for describing the steady-state drawdown distribution in an anticline aquifer in response to the constant-flux pumping. The topographical shape of the anticline is mimicked by three successive blocks. The solution is obtained by applying the infinite Fourier transform and the finite Fourier cosine transform in each blocks and acquiring the hydraulic continuities between the blocks. Simulated results reveal that the introduction of a thin-limbs or narrow-ridged anticline would produce a much greater head drop in the ridge zone. For a well of constant pumping rate, the dimensionless drawdown around the well increases with decreasing well screen length or/and aquifer anisotropy ratio. An examination of the effect of well location on the drawdown reveals that the partially penetrating well located at the top-middle of the ridge zone produces the largest drawdown. The simulation of the flow in an anticline aquifer based on MODFLOW results in slightly smaller drawdown values in most regions when compared with those predicted by the present solution. The present solution can also be used to simulate the flow in a slab-shaped aquifer or a hillslope aquifer. It can be applied to determine the aquifer parameters if coupled with an optimization scheme and to provide the basis for selecting a potential site for carbon sequestration in the future as well. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.05.051
ISSN: 0022-1694
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.05.051
Volume: 405
Issue: 3-4
Begin Page: 488
End Page: 500
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