Slug test analysis to evaluate permeability of compressible materials Hangseok Choi

Hangseok Choi, The Bao Nguyen, Chulho Lee

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The line-fitting methods such as the Hvorslev method and the Bouwer and Rice method provide a rapid and simple means to analyze slug test data for estimating in situ hydraulic conductivity (k) of geologic materials. However, when analyzing a slug test in a relatively compressible geologic formation, these conventional methods may have difficulties fitting a straight line to the semilogarithmic plot of the test data. Data from relatively compressible geologic formations frequently show a concave-upward curvature because of the effect of the compressibility or specific storage (Ss). To take into account the compressibility of geologic formations, a modified line-fitting method is introduced, which expands on Chirlin's (1989) approach to the case of a partially penetrating well with the basic-time-lag fitting method. A case study for a compressible till is made to verify the proposed method by comparing the results from the proposed methods with those obtained using a type-curve method (Kansas Geological Survey method [Hyder et al. 1994]).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)647-652
Number of pages6
JournalGround Water
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jul

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Computers in Earth Sciences


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