We present an experimental study aiming at the identification of the hydraulic conductivity in an aquifer which was packed according to four different configurations. The conductivity was estimated by means of slug tests, whereas the other parameters were determined by the grain size analysis. Prior to the fractal we considered the dependence of the conductivity upon the porosity through a power (scaling) law which was found in a very good agreement within the range from the laboratory to the meso-scale. The dependence of the conductivity through the porosity was investigated by identifying the proper fractal model. Results obtained provide valuable indications about the behavior, among the others, of the tortuosity, a parameter playing a crucial role in the dispersion phenomena taking place in the aquifers.

Use of fractal models to define the scaling behavior of the aquifers’ parameters at the mesoscale

Fallico Carmine;De Bartolo Samuele;Brunetti Guglielmo Federico Antonio;Severino Gerardo
2020

Abstract

We present an experimental study aiming at the identification of the hydraulic conductivity in an aquifer which was packed according to four different configurations. The conductivity was estimated by means of slug tests, whereas the other parameters were determined by the grain size analysis. Prior to the fractal we considered the dependence of the conductivity upon the porosity through a power (scaling) law which was found in a very good agreement within the range from the laboratory to the meso-scale. The dependence of the conductivity through the porosity was investigated by identifying the proper fractal model. Results obtained provide valuable indications about the behavior, among the others, of the tortuosity, a parameter playing a crucial role in the dispersion phenomena taking place in the aquifers.
Fractal models
Scaling behavior
Hydraulic conductivity
Porosity
Tortuosity
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