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D. M. Tartakovsky, A. Guadagnini and L. Guadagnini, "Effective hydraulic conductivity and transmissivity for heterogeneous aquifers", Math. Geology, vol. 32, no. 6, pp. 751-759, 2000


Regional scale models of groundwater flow and transport often employ domain discretizations with grid blocks larger than typical scales of field data. For heterogeneous formations, this difference in scales is often handled by using effective (upscaled) parameters. We investigate the problem of upscaling hydraulic conductivity and transmissivity from a small scale of measurement to a larger scale of grid blocks. Transmissivity statistics is expressed in terms of statistics of hydraulic conductivity, and expressions for the effective (upscaled) hydraulic conductivity Keff and transmissivity Teff for steady state flow in confined heterogeneous aquifers are derived by means of stochastic averaging and perturbation analysis. These expressions reveal that the commonly used relation Teff = D B Keff, where B is the confined aquifer thickness, is not generally valid.

BibTeX Entry

author = {D. M. Tartakovsky and A. Guadagnini and L. Guadagnini},
title = {Effective hydraulic conductivity and transmissivity for heterogeneous aquifers},
year = {2000},
urlpdf = {http://math.lanl.gov/~dmt/papers/transmiss.pdf},
journal = {Math. Geology},
volume = {32},
number = {6},
pages = {751-759}