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Water SA

On-line version ISSN 1816-7950
Print version ISSN 0378-4738


ATANGANA, Abdon. Analytical solutions for the recovery tests after constant-discharge tests in confined aquifers. Water SA [online]. 2014, vol.40, n.4, pp.595-600. ISSN 1816-7950.

A new analytical solution for residual drawdown during the recovery period after a constant rate pumping test is described. A comparison between the proposed solution, existing solutions and experimental data from field observation are presented. The proposed analytical solution is in perfect agreement with the experimental data for α = 0.01, in contrast to the Cooper-Jacob solution. A new analytical solution for the determination of the skin factor without any restriction on the variables t and t' is derived. An analytical solution for the drawdown response in a confined aquifer that is pumped step-wise or intermittently at a different discharge rate is suggested. On the basis of the suggested solution, a new analytical solution for the analysis of residual drawdown data after a pumping test with step-wise or intermittently changing discharge rates is provided.

Keywords : recovery equations; residual drawdown; skin effect; variable discharges.

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