Reliability theory as applied to estimation in converging versus non- converging flow fields

S. Silliman, D. Schmucker, E. Sack, B. Spencer

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Abstract

Reliability theory and Monte Carlo simulation are utilized to investigate the influence of hydraulic heterogeneity on the distribution of hydraulic head in converging and non-converging flow fields. Sensitivities determined for the non-converging flow field did not show consistent dependence on conductivity in any specific region of the medium. Sensitivity in the converging flow fields was consistently concentrated near the center of the radial coordinate system. Analysis of the limit state surface for a non-converging flow field led to the identification of non-linearities near the design point. These non-linearities may limit the application of reliability theory in one-dimensional and/or converging flow fields. Projected extensions of this work include analysis of transmissivity estimates from pump tests and analysis of chemical tracer tests. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-108
Number of pages12
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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