Moment analysis of flow in heterogeneous layered aquifers

A. Guadagnini, L. Guadagnini, D. M. Tartakovsky, C. L. Winter

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We study two-dimensional flow in a layered heterogeneous medium composed of two materials whose hydraulic properties and spatial distribution are known statistically but are otherwise uncertain. Our analysis relies on the composite media theory, which explicitly accounts for the separate effects of material and geometric uncertainty on statistical moments of head and flux. Flow parallel and perpendicular to the layering in a composite layered medium is considered. The hydraulic conductivity of each material is log-normally distributed with a much higher mean in one material than in the other. The hydraulic conductivities of points within different materials are uncorrelated. The location of the internal boundary between the two contrasting materials is normally distributed random with given mean and variance. We solve the equations for (ensemble) moments of hydraulic head and flux and analyze the impact of unknown geometry of materials on distribution of head variance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-123
Number of pages4
JournalActa Universitatis Carolinae, Geologica
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology


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