A Simple Data Analysis Method for a Pumping Test with Skin and Wellbore Storage Effects

  • Author(s): Chia-Shyun Chen and Chuan-Gui Lan
  • DOI: 10.3319/TAO.2008.05.16.01(Hy)
  • Keywords: Pumping test, Wellbore storage, Skin effect, Parameter estimation
  • Citation: Chen, C. S. and C. G. Lan, 2009: A simple data analysis method for a pumping test with skin and wellbore storage effects. Terr. Atmos. Ocean. Sci., 20, 557-562, doi: 10.3319/TAO.2008.05.16.01(Hy)

In a pumping test conducted in a con fined aquifer in northern Taiwan, drawdown in the observation well was subject to wellbore storage of its own and the combined effect of wellbore storage and skin of the nearby pumping well. For such a complicated pumping test condition, the appropriate well hydraulics solutions are complicated in mathematics and involve five unknown a priori parameters; namely, the aquifer transmissivity, the aquifer storage coefficient, the skin factor of the pumping well, and the wellbore storage co efficients of the pumping and observation wells. The conventional trial-and-er ror procedure for a simul taneous determination of these five parameters is not easy to apply. Here, a simple data analysis method is developed, which takes advantage of the late-time characteristics of drawdown data and the late-time asymptotic behavior of the appropriate wellhy draulics solutions. As a result, some currently available graphic techniques are proven us ful for the determination of these parameters. Validity of this approach is verified by the excellent agree ment between the calculated drawdown using the appropriate well hydraulics solutions with the parameter estimates obtained from the field drawdown data.

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