Dilution tests in a low-permeability fractured aquifer: Matrix diffusion effect

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A point dilution test is commonly used in single-borehole tracer experiments designed to determine the Darcy velocity of a formation. This method is based on the concept that, in a borehole, a tracer's concentration declines as a consequence of the water flux. Based on theoretical simulations and field observations, this study indicates that for low-permeability, yet highly porous fractured formations, the common practice of excluding the effect of diffusive mass flux between the dissolved tracer within the borehole and the surrounding matrix may lead to significant errors in the assessment of the Darcy velocity. This conclusion was confirmed by a model adapted to simulate experimental data collected from a tracer test performed in a vertical, large-diameter (25-cm) borehole drilled along a subvertical fracture intersecting a chalk formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-241
Number of pages7
JournalGround Water
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Computers in Earth Sciences


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