Variability of volume strain in bounded heterogeneous media
Version of Record online: 13 MAR 2012
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 27, Issue 3, pages 319–323, 30 January 2013
How to Cite
Chang, C.-M. and Yeh, H.-D. (2013), Variability of volume strain in bounded heterogeneous media. Hydrol. Process., 27: 319–323. doi: 10.1002/hyp.8447
- Issue online: 10 JAN 2013
- Version of Record online: 13 MAR 2012
- Accepted manuscript online: 13 DEC 2011 11:33AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 8 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Received: 13 JUL 2011
- stochastic analysis;
- volume strain;
- bounded heterogeneous media
The deformation of the solid matrix affects the fluid pore pressure and flow by altering the pore volume. Such interaction in turn affects the storage of groundwater in the void space. Obviously, this subject is of interest in groundwater hydrology. This paper describes an investigation of the effect of aquifer heterogeneity on the variability of the fluid pressure head and solid's volume strain, where the assumption of a constant vertical total stress leads to a relatively simple relationship between changes in solid's volume strain and fluid pressure head. To solve the problem analytically, focus is placed on the one-dimensional models. It is found from our closed-form solutions that the variance and correlation length of the log hydraulic conductivity are important in increasing the variability of pressure head and solid's volume strain. It is hoped that our findings will provide a basic framework for understanding and quantifying field-scale volume strain processes and be useful in stimulating further research in this area. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.