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Analytical Groundwater Mechanics


  • Date Published: August 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107148833

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  • Groundwater mechanics is the study of fluid flow in porous media. Focusing on applications and case studies, this book explains the basic principles of groundwater flow using mathematical expressions to describe a wide range of different aquifer configurations. Emphasis is placed throughout on the importance of developing simplified models that can be solved analytically to provide insight into complex groundwater flow scenarios and to allow better interpretation of the full numerical solution. Focusing first on identifying the important features of a problem, the book explains how to translate practical questions into mathematical form and discusses the interpretation of the results. Illustrated with numerous real-world examples and graphical results, this is an ideal textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate Earth science, geological engineering, and environmental engineering courses, as well as a useful reference for researchers and professionals.

    • Includes complete derivations of all mathematical expressions in small, simple steps, allowing the reader to follow the material with ease
    • Introduces complex variables and applications to the reader in a straightforward manner, enhancing the ability to solve problems, write simple computer programs and present results graphically
    • Presents a unified approach to mathematical descriptions using vertically integrated flow, helping readers to understand how to apply them to problems with different configurations
    • Solutions to some of the problems in the book are provided online at
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Analytical solutions to groundwater flow problems are an essential tool in the hydrogeology toolkit. Otto D. L. Strack has produced a must-have reference, drawing together his considerable lifelong contributions to the application of mathematics in hydrogeology. An extremely helpful text from an authority on the topic.' Adrian Werner, Flinders University, Adelaide

    'Written with clarity and purpose, Strack presents a wealth of mathematical solutions and techniques that offer valuable insight into the fundamentals of groundwater flow. This book is indispensable for all who practice quantitative groundwater hydrology.' Henk Haitjema, Indiana University and Editor-in-Chief of Groundwater

    'Strack is a recognized expert in the application of analytical techniques to the solution of groundwater flow problems. His classic text Groundwater Mechanics (1989) was a unique collection of these techniques which, while ground-breaking and authoritative, was in some places quite a challenging read. Analytical Groundwater Mechanics is a much clearer distillation of these methods and is full of worked examples and illustrative problem sets. It is a treasure trove of (often clever) analytical solution approaches to groundwater flow problems. I recommend this text for anyone interested in the mathematical modelling of groundwater flow.' James R. Craig, University of Waterloo, Ontario

    'Encapsulating almost 50 years of experience applying mathematics to groundwater flow problems, this latest textbook from Otto Strack (2017) is a tour de force for analytical groundwater approaches … A more in-depth understanding of the analytical approach can only help us to decompose our modeling problem to its salient, fundamental, components. Analytical Groundwater Mechanics is an indispensable addition to resources available for professionals that is tuned for just this purpose.' Randall Hunt, Groundwater

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107148833
    • length: 448 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 23 mm
    • weight: 1.01kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Basic equations
    2. Steady flow in a single aquifer
    3. Steady interface flow
    4. Two-dimensional flow in the vertical plane
    5. Steady flow in leaky aquifer systems
    6. Three-dimensional flow
    7. Transient flow
    8. Complex variable methods
    9. Fluid particle paths and solute transport
    10. Finite differences and finite elements
    Appendix A. Sinusoidal tidal fluctuation
    Appendix B. Numerical integration of the Cauchy integral

  • Author

    Otto D. L. Strack, University of Minnesota
    Otto D. L. Strack is Professor of Civil Engineering and Geomechanics at the University of Minnesota. With almost fifty years' experience, he is an expert in groundwater mechanics with a particular interest in regional modeling of groundwater flow and transport; and he is the original developer of the Analytic Element method. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award granted by the Minnesota Groundwater Association, and is a correspondent of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. He has published widely in the field, including the successful textbook Groundwater Mechanics (1989).

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