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Bisesh Joshi



Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Civil Engineering

Committee Chair

Claudio Meier

Committee Member

Farhad Jazaei

Committee Member

Roger W. Meier


Cost- and time-effective injection methods using mini-piezometers are widely used in hyporheic research for estimating hydraulic conductivity (K). To check the performance of a range of mini-piezometer screens with drilled holes, we simulated constant-head injection tests in a uniform, isotropic streambed, using a specially designed laboratory apparatus. Applying accepted methods by Hvorslev and Cardenas & Zlotnik, with subsequent modifications, we studied the effects of screen length, hole diameter, and hole spacing on the shape factor (F), and thus on the estimated K. We also investigated the nature of the injected flow by studying the spatial distribution of piezometric head within the porous medium. When the proportion of screen openings is above 6%, both methods predict K adequately, while the shape factor proposed by Bouwer & Rice underestimates consistently. A proposed empirical equation for F as a function of the well-screen parameters results in more precise estimates for our test conditions.


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