Analytical modeling of contaminant transport and horizontal well hydraulics



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Texas A&M University


This dissertation is composed of three parts of major contributions. In Chapter II, we discuss analytical study of contaminant transport from a finite source in a finite-thickness aquifer. This chapter provides analytical solutions of contaminant transport from one-, two-, and three-dimensional finite sources in a finite-thickness aquifer using Green's function method. A library of unpublished analytical solutions with different finite source geometry is provided. A graphically integrated software CTINT is developed to calculate the temporal integrations in the analytical solutions and obtain the final solutions of concentration.

In Chapter III, we obtained solutions of groundwater flow to a finite-diameter horizontal well including wellbore storage and skin effect in a three-dimensionally anisotropic leaky aquifer. These solutions improve previous line source solutions by considering realistic well geometry and offer better description of drawdown near the horizontal well. These solutions are derived on the basis of the separation of the source and the geometric functions. The graphically integrated computer program FINHOW is written to generate type curves of groundwater flow to a finite-diameter horizontal well. The influence of the finite-diameter of the well, the wellbore storage, the skin effect, the leakage parameter, and the aquifer anisotropy is thoroughly analyzed.

In Chapter IV, a general theory of groundwater flow to a fractured or non-fractured aquifer considering wellbore storage and skin effect is provided. Solutions for both leaky confined and water table aquifers are provided. The fracture model used in this study is the standard double-porosity model. The storage of the aquitard (the leaky confining layer) is included in the formula. A program denoted FINHOW2 is written to facilitate the calculation. Sensitivity of the solution to the confined versus unconfined conditions, fractured versus non-fractured conditions, and wellbore storage and skin effects is analyzed.