Joint elastic-electrical effective medium models of reservoir sandstones


Han, Tongcheng, Best, Angus I., MacGregor, Lucy M., Sothcott, Jeremy and Minshull, Tim A. (2011) Joint elastic-electrical effective medium models of reservoir sandstones. Geophysical Prospecting, 59, (4), 777-786. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2478.2011.00956.x).

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Improvements in the joint inversion of seismic and marine controlled source electromagnetic data sets will require better constrained models of the joint elastic-electrical properties of reservoir rocks. Various effective medium models were compared to a novel laboratory data set of elastic velocity and electrical resistivity (obtained on 67 reservoir sandstone samples saturated with 35 g/l brine at a differential pressure of 8 MPa) with mixed results. Hence, we developed a new three-phase effective medium model for sandstones with pore-filling clay minerals based on the combined self-consistent approximation and differential effective medium model. We found that using a critical porosity of 0.5 and an aspect ratio of 1 for all three components, the proposed model gave accurate model predictions of the observed magnitudes of P-wave velocity and electrical resistivity and of the divergent trends of clean and clay-rich sandstones at higher porosities. Using only a few well-constrained input parameters, the new model offers a practical way to predict in situ porosity and clay content in brine saturated sandstones from co-located P-wave velocity and electrical resistivity data sets.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0016-8025 (print)
1365-2478 (electronic)
Keywords: Clean and shaly reservoir sandstones; Effective medium models; Joint elastic-electrical properties
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > National Oceanography Centre (NERC)
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Ocean & Earth Science (SOC/SOES)
National Oceanography Centre (NERC) > Marine Geoscience
ePrint ID: 191681
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2011 12:38
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:43
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/191681

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