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08-11-2017

Fluid Mechanics

GROUNDWATER
HYDRAULICS

Prof. Manasa R. Behera

Dept. of Civil Engineering
IIT BOMBAY
Prof. Manasa Ranjan Behera, Dept. of Civil Engineering, IIT Bombay. Email – manasa.rb@iitb.ac.in

Fluid Mechanics

GROUNDWATER HYDRAULICS
Definitions
• Groundwater is a major source of water supply requiring minimal treatment.

• Vadose zone is partially saturated zone above the water table. Capillary forces play a
major role in it.

Prof. Manasa Ranjan Behera, Dept. of Civil Engineering, IIT Bombay. Email – manasa.rb@iitb.ac.in

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GROUNDWATER HYDRAULICS
Definitions
• Aquifer is a geological formation that contains and transmits ground water. Velocity of
ground water is less than 1m/day

• Confined aquifer is an aquifer confined by two aquicludes. Recharge takes place

through outcrops

• Unconfined aquifers is an aquifer with free water surface for an upper boundary.
Recharge takes place through ground surface above the aquifer

Prof. Manasa Ranjan Behera, Dept. of Civil Engineering, IIT Bombay. Email – manasa.rb@iitb.ac.in

Fluid Mechanics

GROUNDWATER HYDRAULICS
Definitions
• Volumetric porosity,

volume of voids
n
total volume

• Specific yield is the fractional volume of water that will drain freely by gravity from a
unit volume of formation.

• Safe yield is the amount of groundwater that can be withdrawn without impairing the
aquifer as a water source.

• A soil is called anisotropic when the permeability is not the same in different
directions. Opposite: isotropic

• A soil is called heterogeneous when the permeability differs from place to place.
Opposite: homogeneous
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CREEPING MOTION
• In 1856, H. Darcy found experimentally that the velocity (averaged over pores and
solid region) is given by

Q dH
vx   k   ki
A dx

vx is the superficial velocity, m/s and is known as

Darcy velocity.

Q
• Through the pores, the seepage velocity 
nA
(actual velocity)

Henry Darcy
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CREEPING MOTION
• For creeping flow in a gap of height b we had found

b 2 p b2   p  b 2 H
vx         
12 x 12 x    12 x

• For a stream-tube in porous media, b is proportional to the particle size diameter. Thus,

d2 H d 2g H
vx   g 
12 x 12 x

• By comparing with Darcy’s equation, the hydraulic conductivity,

d 2g
k
12

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Fluid Mechanics

CREEPING MOTION
• Hydraulic conductivity (k) depends on both physical properties of the porous medium
and the fluid properties.

• Intrinsic permeability (in m2) depends upon the physical properties of the porous
medium

 
• Hence, k  ki or ki  k
 

• The intrinsic permeability is important in reservoir engineering where different fluids

(oil, gas, water) occur and in aquifers where both fresh and saline water occurs.

• Commonly used is the milli-Darcy (md). 1 md = 10-3 Darcy

Prof. Manasa Ranjan Behera, Dept. of Civil Engineering, IIT Bombay. Email – manasa.rb@iitb.ac.in

Fluid Mechanics

CREEPING MOTION
• Lets consider Darcy’s law in Cartesian component form

H H H
uk , vk , and wk
x y z

• For isotropic material, k is the same in all directions. Substituting in the continuity
equation, we get

  2H  2H  2H 
 k 2  2  2   0  2H  0
 x y z 

• H behaves like a potential function

v d 50
• Darcy’s law is valid for  10

• Thus, the flow is called Darcy flow

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Fluid Mechanics

BORE WELL

H-h
Variation of

A confined aquifer
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Fluid Mechanics

• After a well has been pumped for an extended period, steady state conditions are
approached

• In the simplest possible case, use Darcy’s equation for an isotropic, homogeneous
aquifer

• (a) Confined aquifer

dh
Q  k A i   k (2rb)
dr
r2 h2
dr
• Or Q  2(bk )  dh
r1
r h1
where ‘T’ is known as the
transmissivity and equal to
2(bk ) (h 2  h1 ) 2 T (h 2  h1 )
• Therefore, Q  (bk)
r2 r
ln ln 2
r1 r1

• The above equation is known as Thiem equation

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R
Q ln 
• Draw down = H  h   rw 
2 T

where, R is the radius of influence and rw is the radius of well

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• (b) Unconfined aquifer
dh
Q  k (2rh )
dr
‘h’ is variable

• Integrating from r1 to r2,

2 2
 k (h 2  h1 )
Q
r 
ln 2 
 r1 

An unconfined aquifer
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ASSUMPTIONS
• In unconfined aquifers, usually two assumptions are involved

• Dupuit’s approximation:

1) The gradient of the piezometric head is constant over any vertical section and is
H
equal to at the free surface
x

2) The velocity is horizontal and uniform from top to bottom of any vertical section

Prof. Manasa Ranjan Behera, Dept. of Civil Engineering, IIT Bombay. Email – manasa.rb@iitb.ac.in

Fluid Mechanics

WELL INTERFERENCE

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Fluid Mechanics

Longer pumping events increase the size of

cone of depression

Prof. Manasa Ranjan Behera, Dept. of Civil Engineering, IIT Bombay. Email – manasa.rb@iitb.ac.in

Fluid Mechanics

Prof. Manasa Ranjan Behera, Dept. of Civil Engineering, IIT Bombay. Email – manasa.rb@iitb.ac.in