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The use of the finite-element method for the simulation of ground water flow

G. J. van Tonder, J. F. Botha
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 7, No 4 | a924 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v7i4.924 | © 1988 G. J. van Tonder, J. F. Botha | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 March 1988 | Published: 17 March 1988

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G. J. van Tonder,, South Africa
J. F. Botha,, South Africa

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The present investigation is mostly concerned with the contribution that the finite-element method can make towards the simulation of ground water flow. After a brief introduction to the finite element method, it is applied to the Grootfontein dolomitic aquifer near Mafikeng/Mmabatho. This aquifer yields water for irrigation purposes as well as water for the township. By utilizing the available information a good flow model was constructed for this aquifer. The model is considered calibrated and verificated.


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