Stationary and Dynamic Permeability and Coupling Coefficient Measurements in Sintered Glass Bead Systems

Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Ibrahim Gueven1, Holger Steeb1 and Stefan Luding2, (1)Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum, Germany, (2)University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
Electrokinetic waves describe the coupling between seismic and electromagnetic waves that exist in porous media. The coupling between them arise from an electrochemical boundary layer between grain and fluid interface of saturated porous media. Acoustical waves cause a disturbance of the electrical fluid charge within the double layer, which therefore creates an electric streaming current (seismoelectric effect). Inversely, electromagnetic waves can generate mechanical signals (electroseismic effect). Electrokinetic conversion potentially combines high seismic resolution with good electromagnetic hydrocarbon sensitivity. The (stationary and frequency-dependent) streaming potential coefficient is a key property, which gives rise to the coupling between electromagnetic and acoustical waves. It depends strongly on the fluid conductivity, porosity, tortuosity, permeability, pore throat and zeta potential of porous media.

We examine experimentally both, the stationary and dynamic permeabilities and coupling coefficients of sintered glass bead systems. For this purpose a multi-purpose measuring cell was developed which allows us to carry out - besides common ultrasound experiments - also to perform stationary and frequency-dependent permeability and coupling coefficient measurements.

For the experiments sintered mono- and slightly polydisperse glass bead samples with different glass bead diameters between 0.4 and 8mm and porosities ranging between 21 and 39% were used.

The stationary and dynamic permeability and streaming potential measurements are supported by µCT scans which enable us a deeper insight into the porous medium. Based on the µCT scans of the produced sintered glass bead samples essential influence parameters, like tortuosity, porosity, effective particle diameters and pore throats in different regions of the entire scanned region have been analyzed in detail to understand the laboratory experiments, cf. Illustration 1. In addition lattice Boltzmann simulations on voxel-based data were performed to determine the numerical permeabilities of different-sized subsets and finally compared with laboratory experiments. A clearly defined permeability-, and porosity-gradient in dependence on the sample height due to gravitational influences could be determined.