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Smoothing of Slug Tests for Laboratory Scale Aquifer Assessment—A Comparison among Different Porous Media

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Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Università della Calabria, via P. Bucci, cubo 42B, 87036 Arcavacata di Rende (CS), Italy
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Universidad Nacional de Chimborazo, Facultad de Ingeniería, Avenida Antonio José de Sucre, EC060104 Riobamba, Ecuador
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Water 2019, 11(8), 1569; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11081569
Received: 25 June 2019 / Revised: 24 July 2019 / Accepted: 27 July 2019 / Published: 29 July 2019
A filtering analysis of hydraulic head data deduced from slug tests injected in a confined aquifer with different porous media is proposed. Experimental laboratory tests were conducted in a large-scale physical model developed at the University of Calabria. The hydraulic head data were deduced from the records of a pressure sensor arranged in the injection well and subjected to a processing operation to filter the high-frequency noise. The involved smoothing techniques are the Fourier transform and two types of wavelet transform. The performances of the filtered hydraulic heads were examined for different slug volumes and four model layouts in terms of optimal fitting of the Cooper’s analytical solution. The hydraulic head variations in the confined aquifer were analyzed using wavelet transform in order to discover their energy contributions and frequency oscillations. Finally, the raw and smoothed hydraulic heads were adopted to calculate the hydraulic conductivity of the aquifer. View Full-Text
Keywords: slug tests; hydraulic head; porous media; filtering; wavelet analysis; hydraulic conductivity slug tests; hydraulic head; porous media; filtering; wavelet analysis; hydraulic conductivity
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Aristodemo, F.; Lauria, A.; Tripepi, G.; Rivera-Velasquéz, M.F.; Fallico, C. Smoothing of Slug Tests for Laboratory Scale Aquifer Assessment—A Comparison among Different Porous Media. Water 2019, 11, 1569.

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