Hydraulic conductivity assessment for a variably-saturated rock matrix

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Title:
Hydraulic conductivity assessment for a variably-saturated rock matrix
Author:
Rahi, Khayyun Amtair,1954-
Issue Date:
1986
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
Water flow through unsaturated rock has received increasing attention recently. In order to solve unsaturated flow problems, it is necessary to determine the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity, K. A model which predicts K from water retention data was evaluated for rock matrices. It includes three unknown parameters to be determined from experimental data. To verify the model, K was measured by the outflow method. Water retention data were determined by two methods, the pressure plate extractor and the psychrometer. Near saturation, the water retention curve was best estimated by the pressure extractor method. The outflow method gave reliable measurements of K at low negative pressure heads (≥ -1000 cm of water). The predicted K deviated from the experimental values when only the water retention data were used to estimate the model parameters. When the measured K was incorporated in the parameter estimation process, the deviation was reduced considerably.
Type:
Thesis-Reproduction (electronic); text
LCSH Subjects:
Hydrology.; Groundwater flow -- Mathematical models.; Seepage -- Mathematical models.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Hydrology and Water Resources; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Committee Chair:
Evans, Daniel D.

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleHydraulic conductivity assessment for a variably-saturated rock matrixen_US
dc.creatorRahi, Khayyun Amtair,1954-en_US
dc.contributor.authorRahi, Khayyun Amtair,1954-en_US
dc.date.issued1986en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractWater flow through unsaturated rock has received increasing attention recently. In order to solve unsaturated flow problems, it is necessary to determine the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity, K. A model which predicts K from water retention data was evaluated for rock matrices. It includes three unknown parameters to be determined from experimental data. To verify the model, K was measured by the outflow method. Water retention data were determined by two methods, the pressure plate extractor and the psychrometer. Near saturation, the water retention curve was best estimated by the pressure extractor method. The outflow method gave reliable measurements of K at low negative pressure heads (≥ -1000 cm of water). The predicted K deviated from the experimental values when only the water retention data were used to estimate the model parameters. When the measured K was incorporated in the parameter estimation process, the deviation was reduced considerably.en_US
dc.description.notehydrology collectionen_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.subject.lcshHydrology.en_US
dc.subject.lcshGroundwater flow -- Mathematical models.en_US
dc.subject.lcshSeepage -- Mathematical models.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHydrology and Water Resourcesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.chairEvans, Daniel D.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc213341000en_US
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