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Joint elastic-electrical effective medium models of reservoir sandstones

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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.

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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), pp. 777-786. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2478.2011.00956.x).

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Published date: 2011
Keywords: Clean and shaly reservoir sandstones, Effective medium models, Joint elastic-electrical properties
Organisations: Marine Geoscience

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Local EPrints ID: 191681
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/191681
ISSN: 0016-8025
PURE UUID: cd512e34-3942-44ce-b3d4-51915baae4d2
ORCID for Tim A. Minshull: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8202-1379

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Date deposited: 23 Jun 2011 12:38
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:34

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