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Horatio Scott Carslaw and the origins of the well function and line source heat function

Dave Banks
Horatio Scott Carslaw and the origins of the well function and line source heat function
Scottish Journal of Geology (April 2015) 51 (1): 100-104

Abstract

Horatio Scott Carslaw was a key figure in the development of the mathematical tools that are now used by thermogeologists and hydrogeologists. Carslaw was a student of Lord Kelvin at the University of Glasgow, and can be regarded as a link between Kelvin's application of Fourier's mathematics to geological problems and our present practitioners. Charles Vernon Theis and Clarence Lubin cited Carslaw's mathematics as a key influence in the development of the Theis well function. Carslaw's protege, John Conrad Jaeger, took Carslaw's mathematics firmly into the geological realm. This paper examines Carslaw's wide-reaching influence and the development of the line source 'exponential integral' function, noting the contributions made by other scientists, including Kelvin, Whitehead and Lord Rayleigh.


ISSN: 0036-9276
EISSN: 2041-4951
Coden: SJGEAX
Serial Title: Scottish Journal of Geology
Serial Volume: 51
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Horatio Scott Carslaw and the origins of the well function and line source heat function
Author(s): Banks, Dave
Affiliation: University of Glasgow, School of Engineering, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Pages: 100-104
Published: 201504
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society Publishing House for the Geological Societies of Edinburgh and Glasgow, Bath, United Kingdom
References: 48
Accession Number: 2015-049825
Categories: Miscellaneous
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. ports.
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 201523
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