Acta Seismologica Sinica

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 148–155 | Cite as

Calculating Skempton constant of aquifer from volume strain and water level response to seismic waves at Changping seismic station

  • Rui Yan (晏锐)
  • Yong Chen (陈颙)
  • Fu-wang Gao (高福旺)
  • Fu-qiong Huang (黄辅琼)


Based on linear poroelastic theory of ideal poroelastic media, we apply the mathematic expression between pore pressure and volume strain for well-aquifer system to analyzing the observed data of water level and volume strain changes aroused by Sumatra MS8.7 (determined by China Seismic Networks Center) seismic waves at Changping, Beijing, station on December 26, 2004 from both time and frequency domain. The response coefficients of water level fluctuation to volume strain are also calculated when seismic waves were passing through confined aquifer. A method for estimating Skempton constant B is put forward, which provide an approach for understanding of the characteristics of aquifer.

Key words

poroelastic theory Skempton constant water level volume strain 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rui Yan (晏锐)
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yong Chen (陈颙)
    • 3
  • Fu-wang Gao (高福旺)
    • 1
  • Fu-qiong Huang (黄辅琼)
    • 1
  1. 1.China Earthquake Networks CenterBeijingChina
  2. 2.Institute of Earthquake ScienceChina Earthquake AdministrationBeijingChina
  3. 3.Institute of GeophysicsChina Earthquake AdministrationBeijingChina

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