Permeability, and the Field Pumping Test

by J. Patrick Powers, Moretrench American Corp, Rockaway, NJ, USA,
R. Gordon Burnett, Moretrench American Corp, Rockaway, NJ, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Use of In Situ Tests in Geotechnical Engineering


Methods of estimating in situ permeability of soils are discussed including laboratory tests, borehole tests and field pumping tests, with emphasis on the latter. Techniques for designing and executing field pumping tests are presented, with potential difficulties that have been encountered within the authors' experience. Case histories are used to illustrate such pitfalls.

Subject Headings: Field tests | Pumping tests | Soil tests | Permeability (soil) | Laboratory tests | Material tests | Porous media | Boring

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