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Pumping Tests: Theory and Analysis Methods


AquiferTest is used to analyze data gathered from pumping tests. Solution methods available in AquiferTest cover the full range of aquifer settings: unconfined, confined, leaky, and fractured.

The full theoretical background of each solution method is beyond the scope of this manual. However, a summary of each solution method, including limitations and applications, is included in this section. This information is presented to help you select the correct solution method for your specific aquifer settings.

Pumping Test Background




Theory of Superposition


Analysis Parameters and Curve Fitting


Diagnostic Plots and Interpretation


Pumping Test Analysis Methods using Fixed Assumptions

Pumping Test Analysis Methods using Flexible Assumptions


References and Resources

Additional information can be obtained from hydrogeology texts such as:

Dominico, P.A. and F.W. Schwartz, 1990. Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 824 p.


Driscoll, F. G., 1987. Groundwater and Wells, Johnson Division, St. Paul, Minnesota 55112, 1089 p.


Fetter, C.W., 1994. Applied Hydrogeology, Third Edition, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 691 p.


Freeze, R.A. and J.A. Cherry, 1979. Groundwater, Prentice-Hall, Inc. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey 07632, 604 p.


Kruseman, G.P. and N.A. de Ridder, 1991. Analysis and Evaluation of Pumping Test Data Second Edition (Completely Revised) ILRI publication 47. Intern. Inst. for Land Reclamation and Improvements, Wageningen, Netherlands, 377 p.


A more complete list of publications is included in the References section.



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