Diverging flow tracer tests in fractured granite: equipment design and data collection
AuthorBarackman, Martin Lee, 1953-
Radioactive waste disposal in the ground -- Arizona -- Oracle Region.
Groundwater flow -- Arizona -- Oracle Region.
Committee ChairSimpson, Eugene S.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractDown-hole injection and sampling equipment was designed and constructed in order to perform diverging-flow tracer tests. The tests were conducted at a field site about 8 km southeast of Oracle, Arizona, as part of a project sponsored by the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to study mass transport of fluids in saturated, fractured granite. The tracer injection system was designed to provide a steady flow of water or tracer solution to a packed off interval of the borehole and allow for monitoring of down-hole tracer concentration and pressure in the injection interval. The sampling system was designed to collect small volume samples from multiple points in an adjacent borehole. Field operation of the equipment demonstrated the importance of prior knowledge of the location of interconnecting fractures before tracer testing and the need for down-hole mixing of the tracer solution in the injection interval. The field tests were designed to provide data that could me analyzed to provide estimates of dispersivity and porosity of the fractured rock. Although analysis of the data is beyond the scope of this thesis, the detailed data are presented in four appendices.
Degree ProgramHydrology and Water Resources