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Title: Induced polarization of volcanic rocks. 2. Influence of pore size and permeability

Abstract

We investigate the relationship between complex conductivity spectra and both permeability and pore mean size and distribution of 22 core samples (21 volcanic rocks and 1 clayey sandstone). The volcanic core samples were extracted from a wellbore drilled for the Humu‘ula Groundwater Research Project in the Humu‘ula saddle region between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes (Hawaii). The quadrature conductivity spectra of volcanic rocks exhibit a subtle, but generally detectable, relaxation frequency in the range 0.3 Hz to 45 kHz similar to the relaxation frequency observed for clayey sandstones. We find a fair relationship between this relaxation frequency and the pore size determined by mercury porosimetry. Combined with the intrinsic formation factor of the core samples, the relaxation frequency can be used as an indicator of the permeability of the material. The predicted values of the permeability are grossly consistent with the permeability values to air (in the range 0.001–100 mD) within two orders of magnitude. The measured permeability values are highly correlated to the peak of the pore size distribution determined from mercury porosimetry divided by the intrinsic formation factor. By fitting the complex conductivity spectra with the pore size distribution, we obtain the normalized chargeability of the coremore » samples, which is, in turn, highly correlated to the measured cation exchange capacity.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [2];  [3];  [3];  [3]
  1. Univ. Savoie Mont-Blanc (France)
  2. Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States)
  3. Univ. of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1535645
Grant/Contract Number:  
EE0005513
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Geophysical Journal International
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 208; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 0956-540X
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES; Geochemistry & Geophysics

Citation Formats

Revil, A., Breton, M. Le, Niu, Q., Wallin, E., Haskins, E., and Thomas, D. M. Induced polarization of volcanic rocks. 2. Influence of pore size and permeability. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1093/gji/ggw382.
Revil, A., Breton, M. Le, Niu, Q., Wallin, E., Haskins, E., & Thomas, D. M. Induced polarization of volcanic rocks. 2. Influence of pore size and permeability. United States. doi:10.1093/gji/ggw382.
Revil, A., Breton, M. Le, Niu, Q., Wallin, E., Haskins, E., and Thomas, D. M. Thu . "Induced polarization of volcanic rocks. 2. Influence of pore size and permeability". United States. doi:10.1093/gji/ggw382. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1535645.
@article{osti_1535645,
title = {Induced polarization of volcanic rocks. 2. Influence of pore size and permeability},
author = {Revil, A. and Breton, M. Le and Niu, Q. and Wallin, E. and Haskins, E. and Thomas, D. M.},
abstractNote = {We investigate the relationship between complex conductivity spectra and both permeability and pore mean size and distribution of 22 core samples (21 volcanic rocks and 1 clayey sandstone). The volcanic core samples were extracted from a wellbore drilled for the Humu‘ula Groundwater Research Project in the Humu‘ula saddle region between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes (Hawaii). The quadrature conductivity spectra of volcanic rocks exhibit a subtle, but generally detectable, relaxation frequency in the range 0.3 Hz to 45 kHz similar to the relaxation frequency observed for clayey sandstones. We find a fair relationship between this relaxation frequency and the pore size determined by mercury porosimetry. Combined with the intrinsic formation factor of the core samples, the relaxation frequency can be used as an indicator of the permeability of the material. The predicted values of the permeability are grossly consistent with the permeability values to air (in the range 0.001–100 mD) within two orders of magnitude. The measured permeability values are highly correlated to the peak of the pore size distribution determined from mercury porosimetry divided by the intrinsic formation factor. By fitting the complex conductivity spectra with the pore size distribution, we obtain the normalized chargeability of the core samples, which is, in turn, highly correlated to the measured cation exchange capacity.},
doi = {10.1093/gji/ggw382},
journal = {Geophysical Journal International},
number = 2,
volume = 208,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {12}
}

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