651-4023-00L  Groundwater

Semester Autumn Semester 2017
Lecturers X.‑Z. Kong, A. Ebigbo
Periodicity yearly course
Language of instruction English


Abstract The course provides an introduction into quantitative analysis of groundwater flow and solute transport. It is focussed on understanding, formulating, and solving groundwater flow and solute transport problems.
Objective a) Students understand the basic concepts of groundwater flow and solute transport processes, and boundary conditions.

b) Students are able to formulate simple, practical groundwater flow and solute transport problems.

c) Students are able to understand and apply simple analytical and/or numerical solutions to fluid flow and solute transport problems.
Content 1. Introduction to groundwater problems. Concepts to quantify properties of aquifers.

2. Flow equation. The generalised Darcy law.

3. The water balance equation.

4. Boundary conditions. Formulation of flow problems.

5. Analytical solutions to flow problems

6. Finitie difference scheme solution for simple flow problems.

7. Numerical solution using finitie difference scheme.

8. Concepts of transport modelling. Mass balance equation for contaminants.

9. Boundary conditons. Formulation of contaminant transport problems in groundwater.

10. Analytical solutions to transport problems.

11. Flow in fractures and basic concepts of poroelasticity.

12. Introduction to two-phase flow (vadose zone, NAPLs).
Lecture notes Handouts of slides.
Literature Bear J., Hydraulics of Groundwater, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1979

Domenico P.A., and F.W. Schwartz, Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology, J. Wilson & Sons, New York, 1990

Chiang und Kinzelbach, 3-D Groundwater Modeling with PMWIN. Springer, 2001.

Kruseman G.P., de Ridder N.A., Analysis and evaluation of pumping test data. Wageningen International Institute for Land Reclamation and Improvement, 1991.

de Marsily G., Quantitative Hydrogeology, Academic Press, 1986