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A. Guadagnini, L. Guadagnini, D. M. Tartakovsky and C. L. Winter, "Random domain decomposition for flow in heterogeneous stratified aquifers", Stochastic Environ. Res. and Risk Assessment (SERRA), vol. 17, no. 6, pp. 394-407, 2003

Abstract

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 employs random domain decomposition in the context of groundwater flow moment equations to explicitly account for the separate effects of material and geometric uncertainty on ensemble moments of head and flux. Flow parallel and perpendicular to the layering in a two-material 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 random and normally distributed 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 statistical moments of head and flux. We compare the composite media approach to approximations that replace statistically inhomogeneous conductivity fields with pseudo-homogeneous random fields.

BibTeX Entry

@article{guadagnini-2003-random,
author = {A. Guadagnini and L. Guadagnini and D. M. Tartakovsky and C. L. Winter},
title = {Random domain decomposition for flow in heterogeneous stratified aquifers},
year = {2003},
urlpdf = {http://math.lanl.gov/~dmt/papers/serraLaura.pdf},
journal = {Stochastic Environ. Res. and Risk Assessment (SERRA)},
volume = {17},
number = {6},
pages = {394-407}
}