Disposal-Well Dimensions: Injection Rates and Cost Responses1
A mathematical-simulation model has been developed for predicting the operational and cost responses of disposal-well systems. Sensitivity analyses are used to assess which design parameters, operational characteristics, or formation properties have the most significant impact on the overall system response. Although the available operating and cost data are limited, the method may be useful to both operators and regulatory agencies. The true utility of this approach will be demonstrated as additional and reliable data become available.