ENGRCEE 172 Groundwater Hydrology (2016-2017)

ENGRCEE 172 Groundwater Hydrology

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for CE, ChE and EnE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 172 Groundwater Hydrology (Credit Units: 4) Topics include conservation of fluid mass, storage properties of porous media, matrix compressibility, boundary conditions, flow nets, well hydraulics, groundwater chemistry, and solute transport. Design projects and computer applications included. Prerequisite: CEE170. Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. . Concurrent with ENGRCEE 272. (Design units: 2)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0130882394.

Recommended Textbook:
  • Fetter, C.W., Applied Hydrogeology, Merrill, 1980.
  • Domenico, P.A. and F.W. Schwartz, Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology, Wiley, 1990.
Russell L. Detwiler
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Understand the porous medium properties that control groundwater flow and transport, including porosity, hydraulic conductivity, and compressibility.

2. Derive effective hydraulic conductivity for various cases of heterogeneous subsurface formations.

3. Apply groundwater flow equations to confined and unconfined aquifers.

4. Analyze pump test data to determine aquifer properties.

5. Estimate travel times for groundwater contaminants in a saturated aquifer.

6. Design a groundwater pumping system to mitigate contaminant migration.

Prerequisites by Topic

Fluid mechanics. Basic calculus and differential equations.

Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction to hydrogeology (Week 1)
  • Characteristics of porous media (Week 2)
  • Equations of flow, storage properties of porous media, matrix compressibility, boundary conditions and flow nets (Weeks 3-4)
  • Well hydraulics, methods of aquifer analysis, pumping tests (Weeks 5-6)
  • Groundwater contamination (Week 7)
  • Solute transport, concepts of diffusion and dispersion, mathematics of mass transport (Weeks 8-9)
  • Project presentations and review (Week 10)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Students will use computers for homework assignments and the design project. Applications will include spreadsheets, Matlab, and the US Geological Survey's Modflow (http://water.usgs.gov/nrp/gwsoftware/modflow2005/modflow2005.html) via ModelMuse (http://water.usgs.gov/nrp/gwsoftware/ModelMuse/ModelMuse.html).

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes to the design experience and Engineering Topics courses of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering majors.

Design Content Description

Students learn the engineering design process in the context of an integrative design project that constitutes the second half of the course. In this assignment, teams of 2-4 students are asked to predict the movement of a contaminant plume in an aquifer and propose a mitigation strategy for the contaminated groundwater. Students are provided with well logs, pump-test data, and other relevant data from a real field site. The specific objectives of the project are: (a) To employ analytical procedures and techniques presented in the classroom to field scale investigations. (b) To work with relatively complicated hydrogeological data. (c) To learn how to use existing numerical codes for contaminant transport in the subsurface. (d) To develop creative and original thinking. (e) To work effectively as a team to solve a complex problem. Five weeks of class time is spent providing the necessary background for the assignment and one lecture is devoted to the description of the design project. Each team gives an oral presentation of their results and submits a written report.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 5%
  • Class participation: 10%
  • Project: 25%
  • Midterm Exam: 25%
  • Final Exam: 35%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

July 12, 2016
Senate Approved:
January 8, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr