Numerical Methods in Groundwater Flow Analysis

  • Kuniaki Sato
  • Yoshiaki Iwasa


Numerical techniques are popular in solving groundwater flow problems. The basic concepts of the methods for solving problems are briefly discussed at the beginning of this chapter. The finite-element and finite-difference methods are featured because of their wide application in this field. Discretization and formulation techniques in these two methods are well illustrated in problems such as one-dimensional flow, saturated/unsaturated conditions, and steady/unsteady flows. Because the finite element method is preferred to the finite difference technique in making choices of flexible finite element geometry, the former is discussed in more detail.


Groundwater Flow Interpolation Function Gauss Point Flow Domain Finite Difference Approximation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kuniaki Sato
    • 1
  • Yoshiaki Iwasa
    • 2
  1. 1.Geosphere Research InstituteSaitama UniversitySaitamaJapan
  2. 2.Institute of Earth Science and TechnologyOsakaJapan

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