Head Losses in Packer Tests

by Peter J. Moore, (M.ASCE),
Roberto E. Balbis, (A.M.ASCE),

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 9, Pg. 1108-1112

Document Type: Journal Paper


In order to minimize errors in field measurements of permeability by means of packer tests, it is necessary to allow for head losses in all sections of the system and not solely in the drop pipe. It has long been recognized that large diameter drop pipe should be used to reduce head losses and this same philosophy should be applied in the design of the packer and perforated pipe sections. If packers that contain small diameter pipe are used, then measurements of head losses through the packer section should be made.

Subject Headings: Pipelines | Head loss (fluid mechanics) | Errors (statistics) | Field tests | Professional societies

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