The WinFlow Solver is an interactive, analytical modeling tool that simulates two-dimensional steady-state and transient ground-water flow. The steady-state module simulates ground-water flow in a horizontal plane using analytical functions developed by Strack (1989). The transient module uses equations developed by Theis (1935) for confined aquifers, Hantush and Jacob (1955) and Hantush (1960) for leaky aquifers, and Neuman (1972) for unconfined aquifers. Each module uses the principle of superposition to evaluate the effects from multiple analytical functions (wells, etc.) in a uniform regional flow field.

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The steady-state module simulates the effects of the following analytic elements in two-dimensional flow: wells, uniform recharge, circular recharge/discharge areas, and line sources or sinks. Any number of these elements may be added to the model, including a uniform regional hydraulic gradient. The model depicts the flow field using streamlines, particle traces, and contours of hydraulic head. The streamlines are computed semi-analytically to illustrate ground-water flow directions. Particle-tracking techniques are implemented numerically to compute travel times and flow directions. Both confined and unconfined aquifers are simulated with the steady-state module.

The transient module simulates the effects of wells, circular ponds, linear sources/sinks, and a uniform regional gradient for confined and leaky aquifers. Numerical particle-tracking is also available in the transient module. The transient module computes hydraulic heads using the Theis (1935) equation for confined aquifers and the Hantush and Jacob (1955) or Hantush (1960) equation for leaky aquifers. Neuman’s method (1972) can also be used for unconfined aquifers with delayed yield from storage.

In addition to the WinFlow Solver described above, AquiferWin32 extends other analytical solutions from pumping test analysis into its modeling environment. These additional solutions support any number of pumping wells with variable pumping rates. Auto-calibration to any number of transient targets is also supported for these additional solutions.