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MOPOD: a generic model of porosity development

Bloomfield, J.P.; Barker, J.A.. 2005 MOPOD: a generic model of porosity development. In: Shaw, R.P., (ed.) Understanding the micro to macro behaviour of rock-fluid systems. London, Geological Society of London, 73-77. (Geological Society Special Publication, 249).

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Abstract/Summary

A code, MOPOD, has been developed to investigate general relationships between simple porosity growth laws and pore growth phenomena. MOPOD has been formulated as an ‘initial value problem’ and to date, investigations have focused on a very simple porosity growth law of the form dai(t)/dt= vei, where e is the aperture growth rate exponent. A range of qualitatively distinct evolved geometries have been described for porosity growth on 2D and 3D arrays of varying geometries and connectivities as a function of the exponent, e, of the aperture growth-rate law, and the width of the initial aperture distribution, z. At low growth-rate exponents and moderate values of z over time there is a homogenization of apertures oriented sub-parallel to the head gradient. At moderate growth-rate exponents these apertures become increasingly heterogeneous in evolved arrays, with planar heterogeneities developing sub-parallel to the head gradient for low values of z while anastomosing structures develop at higher values of z. For larger growth-rate exponents preferentially enlarged array-spanning paths develop. No selforganization phenomena have been observed because periodic or cyclic behaviour is not inherent in the simple growth laws investigated to date.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1144/GSL.SP.2005.249.01.06
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Groundwater Management
ISBN: 1862391866
Additional Keywords: GroundwaterBGS, Groundwater, Aquifer characterisation
NORA Subject Terms: Hydrology
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Date made live: 27 Jul 2009 10:12
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/7762

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