Steady state flow with hydraulic conductivity change around large diameter wells

Altunkaynak A., Şen Z.

Hydrological Processes, vol.25, no.11, pp.1778-1783, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/hyp.7935
  • Journal Name: Hydrological Processes
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1778-1783
  • Keywords: Aquifer, Groundwater, Large diameter well, Nonlinear hydraulic conductivity, Transmissivity
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: No


Darcian flow law in aquifers assumes that the aquifer hydraulic conductivity is constant and the groundwater movement is due only to the piezometric level changes through hydraulic gradient. In practice, after the well development the aquifer just around the well has comparatively larger hydraulic conductivity and gradient. Patchy aquifer solutions in the literature consider sudden hydraulic conductivity changes with distance for the steady state flow. The change of transmissivity is demonstrated by the application of slope-matching procedure to actual field data. It is the main purpose of this paper to derive simple analytical expressions for aquifer parameter evaluations with steadily decreasing hydraulic conductivity around the well. Spatial nonlinear hydraulic conductivity changes around a large-diameter well within the depression cone of a confined aquifer are considered as exponentially decreasing functions of the radial distance. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.