Simultaneous Withdrawal of Saline/Fresh Waters in a Stratified Aquifer

by Eiji Fukumori, State Univ of New York at Buffalo, Dep of Civil Engineering, Buffalo, NY, USA,
Emett M. Laursen, State Univ of New York at Buffalo, Dep of Civil Engineering, Buffalo, NY, USA,
Akio Wake, State Univ of New York at Buffalo, Dep of Civil Engineering, Buffalo, NY, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Applications in Water Resources

Abstract: The objective of this study is to develop computational tools for simulating the flow behavior of an aquifer in response to simultaneous pumping of two stratified fluids from both sides of the interface. A typical application can be found in coastal aquifers where supply wells are often contaminated by salinity intrusion resulting from the uncontrolled upconing of the interface. Two well-known numerical mehtods, the finite element method and the boundary element method, have been applied in the present study. Solutions were compared to bench-scale experimental results using a Hele-Shaw model and a sandbox model.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Boundary element method | Salt water intrusion | Water resources | Aquifers | Water stratification

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