Flowing partially penetrating well: Solution to a mixed-type boundary value problem
A new semi-analytic solution to the mixed-type boundary value problem for a flowing partially penetrating well with infinitesimal skin situated in an anisotropic aquifer is developed. The solution is suited to aquifers having a semi-infinite vertical extent or to packer tests with aquifer horizontal boundaries far enough from the tested area. The problem reduces to a system of dual integral equations (DE) and further to a deconvolution problem. Unlike the analogous Dagan's steady-state solution [Water Resour. Res. 1978; 14:929-34], our DE solution does not suffer from numerical oscillations. The new solution is validated by matching the corresponding finite-difference solution and is computationally much more efficient. An automated (Newton-Raphson) parameter identification algorithm is proposed for field test inversion, utilizing the DE solution for the forward model. The procedure is computationally efficient and converges to correct parameter values. A solution for the partially penetrating flowing well with no skin and a drawdown-drawdown discontinuous boundary condition, analogous to that by Novakowski [Can. Geotech. J. 1993; 30:600-6], is compared to the DE solution. The D-D solution leads to physically inconsistent infinite total flow rate to the well, when no skin effect is considered. The DE solution, on the other hand, produces accurate results.
Cassiani, G; Kabala, ZJ; Medina, MA
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