November 9, 2021 /

Pretty Porous Science Lecture #10 "Darcy or not Darcy, that is the question" with Philippe Ackerer

The SFB 1313 "Pretty Porous Science Lectures" #10 will be given by Philippe Ackerer from the University of Strasbourg (France) | 9 November 2021 | 4:00 pm CET
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We are pleased to announce that Philippe Ackerer, professor at the University of Strasbourg (France), will give the SFB 1313 "Pretty Porous Science Lecture" #10. His talk will be on "Darcy or not Darcy, that is the question ".

Date: Tuesday, 9 November 2021
Time: 4:00 pm CET
Speaker: Prof. Dr.-Ing Philippe Ackerer, Ph.D, University of Strasbourg (France)
Lecture title: "Darcy or not Darcy, that is the question"
Place: The lecture will be a hybrid lecture. A small audience is possible in Pfaffenwaldring 61 MML, additionally the lecture is offered online. After registration, you will receive the meeting information.
Registration: If you are interested in participating in the lecture, please contact


Pumping tests are usually used to estimate hydraulic parameters for groundwater flow models. The first part of the talk will be dedicated to wrong and hopefully correct pumping test interpretations through groundwater flow models. Reciprocity principle based on Betti (1872) and/or Maxwell (1864) theorem will be described in the second part of the talk. Finally, the validity of Darcy’s law for pumping tests interpretation is discussed using this reciprocity principle.

About Philippe Ackerer

Philippe Ackerer applied and adapted enhanced numerical methods like mixed and discontinuous finite elements to groundwater flow and quality modelling, including density driven flow and unsaturated flow. He also worked on parameter estimation using gradient based method and adjoint state equations. He developed an original downscaling parametrization for groundwater flow parameter estimation. Recently, these methods were applied to evaluate the climate change impacts on groundwater resources in the upper Rhine aquifer. He published 86 papers in peer reviewed journals.

CV of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Philippe Ackerer, Ph.D.

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