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Title: Prediction and Inference of Multi-scale Electrical Properties of Geomaterials.

Abstract

Motivated by the need for improved forward modeling and inversion capabilities of geophysical response in geologic settings whose fine--scale features demand accountability, this project describes two novel approaches which advance the current state of the art. First is a hierarchical material properties representation for finite element analysis whereby material properties can be perscribed on volumetric elements, in addition to their facets and edges. Hence, thin or fine--scaled features can be economically represented by small numbers of connected edges or facets, rather than 10's of millions of very small volumetric elements. Examples of this approach are drawn from oilfield and near--surface geophysics where, for example, electrostatic response of metallic infastructure or fracture swarms is easily calculable on a laptop computer with an estimated reduction in resource allocation by 4 orders of magnitude over traditional methods. Second is a first-ever solution method for the space--fractional Helmholtz equation in geophysical electromagnetics, accompanied by newly--found magnetotelluric evidence supporting a fractional calculus representation of multi-scale geomaterials. Whereas these two achievements are significant in themselves, a clear understanding the intermediate length scale where these two endmember viewpoints must converge remains unresolved and is a natural direction for future research. Additionally, an explicit mapping from a knownmore » multi-scale geomaterial model to its equivalent fractional calculus representation proved beyond the scope of the present research and, similarly, remains fertile ground for future exploration.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1562367
Report Number(s):
SAND2019-10713
679282
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Weiss, Chester Joseph, Beskardes, Gungor Didem, and van Bloemen Waanders, Bart G. Prediction and Inference of Multi-scale Electrical Properties of Geomaterials.. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.2172/1562367.
Weiss, Chester Joseph, Beskardes, Gungor Didem, & van Bloemen Waanders, Bart G. Prediction and Inference of Multi-scale Electrical Properties of Geomaterials.. United States. doi:10.2172/1562367.
Weiss, Chester Joseph, Beskardes, Gungor Didem, and van Bloemen Waanders, Bart G. Sun . "Prediction and Inference of Multi-scale Electrical Properties of Geomaterials.". United States. doi:10.2172/1562367. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1562367.
@article{osti_1562367,
title = {Prediction and Inference of Multi-scale Electrical Properties of Geomaterials.},
author = {Weiss, Chester Joseph and Beskardes, Gungor Didem and van Bloemen Waanders, Bart G.},
abstractNote = {Motivated by the need for improved forward modeling and inversion capabilities of geophysical response in geologic settings whose fine--scale features demand accountability, this project describes two novel approaches which advance the current state of the art. First is a hierarchical material properties representation for finite element analysis whereby material properties can be perscribed on volumetric elements, in addition to their facets and edges. Hence, thin or fine--scaled features can be economically represented by small numbers of connected edges or facets, rather than 10's of millions of very small volumetric elements. Examples of this approach are drawn from oilfield and near--surface geophysics where, for example, electrostatic response of metallic infastructure or fracture swarms is easily calculable on a laptop computer with an estimated reduction in resource allocation by 4 orders of magnitude over traditional methods. Second is a first-ever solution method for the space--fractional Helmholtz equation in geophysical electromagnetics, accompanied by newly--found magnetotelluric evidence supporting a fractional calculus representation of multi-scale geomaterials. Whereas these two achievements are significant in themselves, a clear understanding the intermediate length scale where these two endmember viewpoints must converge remains unresolved and is a natural direction for future research. Additionally, an explicit mapping from a known multi-scale geomaterial model to its equivalent fractional calculus representation proved beyond the scope of the present research and, similarly, remains fertile ground for future exploration.},
doi = {10.2172/1562367},
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place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {9}
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