Step-drawdown tests in exploitation wells for thermal and mineral water – Case study from Slovenia


  • Luka Serianz
  • Nina Rman
  • Mihael Brenčič



A comparative analysis of step-drawdown tests was performed in order to estimate the well performance in Slovenian thermal and mineral water wells. Tests were performed in 30 wells, each having its own maximum production rate determined in the concession decrees. The main focus of well performance analysis, using graphical analysis of the Jacob approximate equation, was to estimate the adequacy of the wells production rate as well as to identify possible changes in the technical status of the wells over years. 5 of total 30 wells were not included in the analysis due to technical issues during test performance. Well performance analysis includes the calculation of nonlinear well losses related to turbulent flow and linear head loss (aquifer and well) assumed to be related to laminar flow. Results indicate that the ratios between nonlinear well losses and linear head (well and aquifer) losses, in this paper referred as laminar losses, are from 6.9 % to 97.4 %. Laminar losses parameter suggests, all investigated wells were classified with either good (11 wells), medium (7 wells) or poor (7 wells) performance. The addressed analysis represents a very important basis for further thermal and mineral water extraction, e.g. optimizing the maximum allowed production rate as granted in concession decrees and diagnose potential changes in the technical status of each well.


How to Cite

Serianz, L., Rman, N., & Brenčič, M. (2020). Step-drawdown tests in exploitation wells for thermal and mineral water – Case study from Slovenia. Geologija, 63(2), 281–294.




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