SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS OF GROUNDWATER FLOWS

Period of Performance: 01/01/1993 - 12/31/1993

$50K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Oltech Corp.
11795 Sherwood Trail
Chesterland, OH 44026
Principal Investigator

Abstract

AN EFFICIENT TECHNIQUE FOR DETERMINING OPTIMAL GROUNDWATER USAGE IS CRUCIAL TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN IMPROVED APPROACH FOR MANAGING AND PLANNING WATER RESOURCES. A METHOD, BASED ON THE BOUNDARY INTEGRAL EQUATION METHOD (BIEM), IS PROPOSED FOR PERFORMING ANALYSIS OF ROUNDWATER FLOWS. THE NEW APPROACH RESULTS IN A PORTABLE COMPUTER CODE, EVEN FOR REGIONAL AQUIFER SYSTEMS. THE PROPOSED COMPUTER MODEL WILL PROVIDE WATER RESOURCES PLANNERS, ENGINEERS, HYDROLOGISTS, AND HYDROGEOLOGISTS, A POWERFUL TOOL FOR OBTAINING INFORMATION SUCH AS: 1) THE INFLUENCE OF PUMPING ON THE DRAWDOWN AT DIFFERENT SITES; 2) THE OPTIMAL PUMPING/RECHARGE RATE REQUIRED TO CONTROL GROUNDWATER MOVEMENT AND THE MIGRATION OF CONTAMINATING SOURCES. THE CODE WILL ASSIST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF APPROPRIATE PREVENTION MEASURES.