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A shale rock physics model for analysis of brittleness index, mineralogy and porosity in the Barnett Shale

Guo, Zhiqi; Li, Xiang-Yang; Liu, Cai; Feng, Xuan; Shen, Ye. 2013 A shale rock physics model for analysis of brittleness index, mineralogy and porosity in the Barnett Shale. Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, 10 (2), 025006. https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-2132/10/2/025006

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Abstract/Summary

We construct a rock physics workflow to link the elastic properties of shales to complex constituents and specific microstructure attributes. The key feature in our rock physics model is the degrees of preferred orientation of clay and kerogen particles defined by the proportions of such particles in their total content. The self-consistent approximation method and Backus averaging method are used to consider the isotropic distribution and preferred orientation of compositions and pores in shales. Using the core and well log data from the Barnett Shale, we demonstrate the application of the constructed templates for the evaluation of porosity, lithology and brittleness index. Then, we investigate the brittleness index defined in terms of mineralogy and geomechanical properties. The results show that as clay content increases, Poisson's ratio tends to increase and Young's modulus tends to decrease. Moreover, we find that Poisson's ratio is more sensitive to the variation in the texture of shales resulting from the preferred orientation of clay particles. Finally, based on the constructed rock physics model, we calculate AVO responses from the top and bottom of the Barnett Shale, and the results indicate predictable trends for the variations in porosity, lithology and brittleness index in shales.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-2132/10/2/025006
ISSN: 1742-2132
Date made live: 11 Sep 2013 14:26 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/503215

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