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The Layer Type Settings window is used to set the LAYCON value and the LAYAVG variables required by the MODFLOW numeric engine.

 

The LAYCON value is the layer-type index array recognized by MODFLOW. MODFLOW has four different Layer Types to choose for LAYCON values as described below:

 

Type 0 - Confined: Transmissivity and storage coefficients of the layer are constant for the entire simulation.

Type 1 - Unconfined: Transmissivity of the layer varies and is calculated from the saturated thickness and hydraulic conductivity. The storage coefficient is constant; valid only for Layer 1.

Type 2 - Confined/Unconfined: Transmissivity of the layer is constant. The storage coefficient may alternate between confined and unconfined values.

Type 3 - Confined/Unconfined: [Default setting] Transmissivity of the layer varies. It is calculated from the saturated thickness and hydraulic conductivity. The storage coefficient may alternate between confined and unconfined values. Vertical leakage from above is limited if the aquifer becomes desaturated.

 

The LAYAVG value determines the method of computing interblock transmissivity.

 

Following are the five methods used in assigning the LAYAVG value.

 

00 - Harmonic mean interblock transmissivity [Default setting for MODFLOW-96, MODFLOW-2000, and MODFLOW-2005].

10 - Arithmetic mean interblock transmissivity.

20- Logarithmic mean interblock transmissivity.

30 - Arithmetic mean saturated thickness times logarithmic mean hydraulic conductivity.

40 - Harmonic mean interblock hydraulic conductivity introduced in BCF4 package [Default (Required) setting for MODFLOW-SURFACT].

50 - Arithmetic mean interblock hydraulic conductivity introduced in BCF4 package.

 

Note that the LAYAVG values are two digits with a factor of ten. For example, a LAYCON value of 21 represents an unconfined layer where the interblock transmissivity is calculated using a logarithmic mean.

 

The Layer column in the Layer Settings window (see following figure) is the layer number which is automatically numbered as one row for each layer of the model grid.

 

The LAYCON column is the Input LAYCON value, which includes the first digit (tens) stored as the LAYAVG value (Interblock transmissivity), and the second digit (ones) stored as the LAYCON value (Layer type). Thus the one Input LAYCON value holds the identification for each layer of the model grid.

 

The Interblock transmissivity column displays the LAYAVG value and descriptive name associated with each layer of the model. The available LAYAVG settings can be chosen from a picklist by clicking the down arrow key, or you can scroll through the options by clicking the spin buttons on the left (as shown in the following figure).

 

The Layer type column displays the Layer Type associated with each layer of the model. The available layer types can be chosen from a picklist by clicking the down arrow on the right, or you can scroll through the options by clicking the spin buttons on the left.

 

 


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