Laboratory Permeability Measurement
Prepare students in permeability measurement methods commonly used by envirionmental consulting groups. In this activity, participants learn how to prepare samples, set up tests, and interpret data for permeameters.
- Obtain hands-on, practical experience of field data acquisition using appropriate instrumentation.
- Experience the ground-water investigation process from field data collection to hand and computational data analysis and final interpretation.
- Become better prepared for environmental employment.
Context for Use
This is the fifth of nine one-week exercises designed for a senior-level undergraduate lecture/lab hydrogeology course.
Teaching Notes and Tips
Go over Darcy's law with the students before the lab so they are more comfortable calculating permeability from the test results.
- Constant-head and falling-head permeameters
- Consolidated (solid rock) and/or unconsolidated (sediment) samples
References and Resources
- Lee, 1998, Hands-On Laboratory Exercises for an Undergraduate Hydrogeology Course. Journal of Geoscience Education v. 46, p. 433. Contact the author to request furthur details and copies of the laboratory exercises.
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Controlled Vocabulary Terms
Quantitative Skills Activity Type: Lab Activity