Comparative Study of Analytical Solutions for Time-Dependent Solute Transport Along Unsteady Groundwater Flow in Semi-infinite Aquifer
Mritunjay Kumar Singh, Nav Kumar Mahato, Priyanka Kumar
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A comparative study is made among Laplace Transform Technique (LTT) and Fourier Transform Technique (FTT) to obtain one-dimensional analytical solution for conservative solute transport along unsteady groundwater flow in semi-infinite aquifer. The time-dependent source of contaminant concentration is considered at the origin and at the other end of the aquifer is supposed to be zero. Initially, aquifer is not solute free which means that the solute concentration exits in groundwater system and it is assumed as a uniform concentration. The aquifer is considered homogeneous and semi-infinite. The time-dependent velocity expressions are considered. The result may be used as preliminary predictive tools in groundwater management and benchmark the numerical code and solutions.

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M. Kumar Singh, N. Kumar Mahato and P. Kumar, "Comparative Study of Analytical Solutions for Time-Dependent Solute Transport Along Unsteady Groundwater Flow in Semi-infinite Aquifer," International Journal of Geosciences, Vol. 2 No. 4, 2011, pp. 457-467. doi: 10.4236/ijg.2011.24048.

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