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Title: Strain-dependent partial slip on rock fractures under seismic-frequency torsion: Seismic-Frequency Fracture Partial Slip

Abstract

Measurements of nonlinear modulus and attenuation of fractures provide the opportunity to probe their mechanical state. We have adapted a low-frequency torsional apparatus to explore the seismic signature of fractures under low normal stress, simulating low effective stress environments such as shallow or high pore pressure reservoirs. We report strain-dependent modulus and attenuation for fractured samples of Duperow dolomite (a carbon sequestration target reservoir in Montana), Blue Canyon Dome rhyolite (a geothermal analog reservoir in New Mexico), and Montello granite (a deep basement disposal analog from Wisconsin). We use a simple single effective asperity partial slip model to fit our measured stress-strain curves, and solve for the friction coefficient, contact radius, and full slip condition. These observations have the potential to develop into new field techniques for measuring differences in frictional properties during reservoir engineering manipulations and estimate the stress conditions where reservoir fractures and faults begin to fully slip.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [2];  [2]
  1. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)
  2. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Montana State Univ., Bozeman, MT (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE)
OSTI Identifier:
1430908
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1377934
Grant/Contract Number:
FC26-05NT42587; AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Geophysical Research Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 44; Journal Issue: 10; Journal ID: ISSN 0094-8276
Publisher:
American Geophysical Union
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES

Citation Formats

Saltiel, Seth, Bonner, Brian P., and Ajo-Franklin, Jonathan B. Strain-dependent partial slip on rock fractures under seismic-frequency torsion: Seismic-Frequency Fracture Partial Slip. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1002/2017GL073108.
Saltiel, Seth, Bonner, Brian P., & Ajo-Franklin, Jonathan B. Strain-dependent partial slip on rock fractures under seismic-frequency torsion: Seismic-Frequency Fracture Partial Slip. United States. doi:10.1002/2017GL073108.
Saltiel, Seth, Bonner, Brian P., and Ajo-Franklin, Jonathan B. Fri . "Strain-dependent partial slip on rock fractures under seismic-frequency torsion: Seismic-Frequency Fracture Partial Slip". United States. doi:10.1002/2017GL073108. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1430908.
@article{osti_1430908,
title = {Strain-dependent partial slip on rock fractures under seismic-frequency torsion: Seismic-Frequency Fracture Partial Slip},
author = {Saltiel, Seth and Bonner, Brian P. and Ajo-Franklin, Jonathan B.},
abstractNote = {Measurements of nonlinear modulus and attenuation of fractures provide the opportunity to probe their mechanical state. We have adapted a low-frequency torsional apparatus to explore the seismic signature of fractures under low normal stress, simulating low effective stress environments such as shallow or high pore pressure reservoirs. We report strain-dependent modulus and attenuation for fractured samples of Duperow dolomite (a carbon sequestration target reservoir in Montana), Blue Canyon Dome rhyolite (a geothermal analog reservoir in New Mexico), and Montello granite (a deep basement disposal analog from Wisconsin). We use a simple single effective asperity partial slip model to fit our measured stress-strain curves, and solve for the friction coefficient, contact radius, and full slip condition. These observations have the potential to develop into new field techniques for measuring differences in frictional properties during reservoir engineering manipulations and estimate the stress conditions where reservoir fractures and faults begin to fully slip.},
doi = {10.1002/2017GL073108},
journal = {Geophysical Research Letters},
number = 10,
volume = 44,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri May 05 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Fri May 05 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}

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