Tuesday, February 5, 2013

1302.0483 (Abhra Giri et al.)

Multifractal analysis of the pore space of real and simulated
sedimentary rocks

Abhra Giri, Sujata Tarafdar, Philippe Gouze, Tapati Dutta
It is well known that sedimentary rocks having same porosity can have very different pore size distribution. The pore distribution determines many characteristics of the rock among which, its transport property is often the most useful. Multifractal analysis is a powerful tool that is increasingly used to characterize the pore space. In this study we have done multifractal analysis of pore distribution on sedimentary rocks simulated using the Relaxed Bidisperse Ballistic Model (RBBDM). The RBBDM can generate a $3-D$ structure of sedimentary rocks of variable porosity by tuning the fraction $p$ of particles of two different sizes. We have also done multifractal analysis on two samples of real sedimentary rock to compare with the simulation studies. One sample, an oolitic limestone is of high porosity (40%)while the other is a reefal carbonate of low porosity around 7%. $2-D$ sections of X-ray micro-tomographs of the real rocks were stacked sequentially to reconstruct the real rock specimens. Both samples show a multifractal character, but we show that RBBDM gives a very realistic representation of a typical high porosity sedimentary rock.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1302.0483

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