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Using a Borehole Stability Device for Hydraulic Testing in Unconsolidated Alluvium
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  • Journal title : The Journal of Engineering Geology
  • Volume 26, Issue 1,  2016, pp.15-22
  • Publisher : The Korea Society of Engineering Gelolgy
  • DOI : 10.9720/kseg.2016.1.15
 Title & Authors
Using a Borehole Stability Device for Hydraulic Testing in Unconsolidated Alluvium
Won, Kyoung-Sik; Kim, Chunsoo; Chae, Soo-Yong; Shin, Dong-Min;
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Hydraulic falling head and slug tests were carried out in an alluvium aquifer using a borehole stability device. The hydraulic testing had proved difficult in alluvial formations of sands and gravels due to borehole collapse and unstable borehole walls within the test section. This study aims to improve the hydraulic test results by using a borehole stability device. The device can minimize the collapse of borehole walls, and the use of a filter with a constant opening ratio improves the calculations per unit area of the test section. Permeability obtained from the falling head test without a borehole stability device was 8.82 × 10−5m/sec. When the borehole stability device was installed in the same test section the measured permeability increased to 4.00 × 10−4m/sec, which is 4.5 times that obtained without the borehole device. The relatively low permeability obtained using the conventional test method is attributed to the presence of a fine-grained slime generated during drilling and a reduction of the test area in the test interval due to a gradual collapse of the borehole walls. This study considers how the use of a borehole stability device to prevent borehole collapse can influence the results of hydraulic tests in alluvial formations. It is expected that the results can be used as a basis for improving the reliability and applicability of hydraulic tests performed in alluvial aquifers.
Alluvial aquifer;Hydraulic testing;Borehole collapse;Borehole stability device;
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