Strength measurements of heated illite gouge at low and high pore pressures

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Statementby D.E. Moore, R. Summers, and J.D. Byerlee
SeriesOpen-file report -- 86-578, U.S. Geological Survey open-file report -- 86-578
ContributionsSummers, R, Byerlee, J. D, Geological Survey (U.S.)
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STRENGTH MEASUREMENTS OF HEATED ILLITE GOUGE AT LOW AND HIGH PORE PRESSURES by D. Moore, R. Summers, and J. Byerlee Open-File Report 5?8 This report is preliminary and has not been reviewed for conformity with U.S. Geological Survey editorial standards and stratigraphic nomenclature.

Any use ofCited by: 6. Add tags for "Strength measurements of heated illite gouge at low and high pore pressures". Be the first. The effect of sliding velocity on the frictional and physical properties of heated fault gouge. In: Internal Structure of Fault Zones (edited by Wang, C.-Y.).

Pure & Appl. Geophys.Moore, D. E., Summers, R. & Byerlee, J. Strength measurements of heated illite gouge at low and high pore by:   Although the strengthening of the gouge with pressure does not increase the coefficient of friction to levels near those of crystalline rocks, or even to that of illite (u = ), Strength measurements of heated illite gouge at low and high pore pressures book behavior needs to be taken into account if expandable clays are called upon to explain the low strength of faults inferred from heat flow by:   Lockner et al.

show that the intrinsically low strength of the CDZ gouge is consistent with measurements of the orientation of S H at high-angles to the SAF within the fault damage zone because stresses rotate within the weak CDZ gouge (e.g.

Rice ). Using this analysis, they estimate that the effective normal stress at km depth is Cited by: pore pressures in the upper five to seven meters of the profile deviate from the model. The measured pore pressures in a number of points also deviate from the model in deeper layers where the values are still affected by the landslide in As a last step in the analysis, the pore pressure situation in a selected section has been.

the pore pressure continued to rise, whereas under a constant strain condition, the pore pressure decreased. He concluded that pore pressures are dependent on strain and may be considerably influenced by sample disturbance and isotropic conditions.

Discussing the data reported by M.I.T and Harvard University, Whitman (6) suggested. In each of these environments the pore pressures can reach values as high as the fracture gradient, leading to extreme drilling challenges as well as the possibility of hydrocarbon leakage.

Pore pressure prediction is therefore an integral process in the well planning procedure as well as the geological evaluation of a potential trap. The frictional properties of a crushed granite gouge and of gouges rich in montmorillonite, illite, and serpentine minerals have been investigated at temperatures as high as C, confining.

high or too low mud weight. High pore pressures or overpressures have been observed at drilling sites all over the world in both land and offshore. Introduction Thermodynamic Effects. Pore pressure is defined as the pressure acting on the fluids in the pore spaces of the rock.

Depending upon the magnitude of the pore pressure, it can be. The low strength of the San Andreas fault has often been attributed to the presence of weak gouge or elevated pore fluid pressure within the fault zone.

To test these explanations frictional sliding experiments were conducted on clay-rich SAFOD fault gouge taken from a spot core at m measured depth ( vertical depth) from the main hole, and possibly corresponding to the southwest.

stresses in the gouge zone exceed the corresponding princi-pal stresses in the host rock, but the high local pore pressure results in low effective pressures and low strength. [4] In contrast, the vertical pore pressure gradient in the other end-member case (Figure 1b) is assumed to be hydrostatic (p f = p o).

In the absence of pore pressure. The pore pressure distribution surrounding driven piles in heavily overconsolidated high plasticity stiff clays is a complex matter and affected by a range of factors such as soil permeability, soil strength, distance from piles and number of piles. In this paper pore pressures measured in Søvind.

with low permeability may result in elevated pore pressures. Thus, it is likely that a combination of hypotheses (1) and (2) apply to mature fault zones. Clay minerals, and smectites in particular, are a common product of mechanical and chemical weathering.

As a result, high smectite abundance is often observed in fault gouge. Brown et al., ; Koef and Brown, ], lead to low heat flow [Reinen et al., ; Moore et al., ], and provide and maintain high pore pressure [e.g., Morrow et al., ]. Stable behavior and lower strength have also been associated with the crystallographic property of clay.

[3] The strength and stability of clay gouge have been. Seismic velocity measurements were obtained using a gas-medium, high-pressure and high-temperature deformation apparatus at AIST, Japan (Masuda et al.

This apparatus produces confining and pore pressures of up to MPa. Argon gas and distilled water were used as confining and pore pressure media, respectively. ‘A further result attending to the disturbances of the surface of the earth has been to produce rents or fissures in the rocks which have been subject to their violent movements, and to convert them into receptacles of metallic ores accessible by the labours of men.’ (Reverend William Buckland Geology and mineralogy with reference to natural theology.

London: William Pickering ( Pluijm, ). The neoformation of clay-rich fault gouge, a low-temperature metasomatic process confined to fault zones, thus has a potential impact on the frictional strength of LANFs in the up-per crust, where low-angle slip is mechanically most problematic.

Although reaction-softening has been discussed as a possible ex. Equatorial low-pressure trough: This area is in the Earth's equatorial region (0 to 10 degrees north and south) and is composed of warm, light, ascending, and converging air.

Because the converging air is wet and full of excess energy, it expands and cools as it rises, creating the clouds and heavy rainfall that are prominent throughout the area. The level to which these pore pressures ultimately rise depends on the saturation and permeability of the medium as well as the rate at which heat flows into the material.

In this paper, experimental and numerical studies involving the measurement and prediction of pore pressures in. estimates of pore-pressure are slightly low compared to RFT measurements and the estimated fracture pressure is considerably lower than measured leak-off pressures.

Note that the measured leak-off pressure is equal to, or exceeds, the estimated lithostatic pressure in this extreme HPHT environment. Figure 1b shows that the modified Eaton. However, the kinetics of dissolution, especially at high temperatures and high pore pressures, is not well understood.

Solubility increases with increasing pressure, but it decreases with increasing temperature, even in a supercritical fluid [Fein and Walther, ]. Therefore, solubility might have changed within the black gouge zone, as there. Pore water pressure (sometimes abbreviated to pwp) refers to the pressure of groundwater held within a soil or rock, in gaps between particles ().Pore water pressures below the phreatic level of the groundwater are measured with vertical pore water pressure distribution in aquifers can generally be assumed to be close to hydrostatic.

In the unsaturated ("vadose") zone, the. PP = Formation pore pressure (this assumes the Biot effective stress coefficient is 1 which is the usual assumption) The basic steps in performing a conventional 1D pore pressure analysis are: Calculate total vertical stress (σv) from rock density.

Estimate vertical effective stress (σe)from log measurements (DT or RES) or seismic (velocity). compressional settings is high and unexpected pore pressure; e.g., the highly folded zone of Kurdistan where pore pressures can reach 19 ppg and where uplift has been more than 2 km.

There are many issues with predicting pore pressure in these types of environments. The thrusting. Geothermal energy exploitation in the Upper Rhine Graben currently targets high-temperature anomalies in the crystalline Paleozoic basement at depths up to 5 km. However, at certain locations (e.g.

Rittershoffen, France), geothermal installations are actively targeting resources at shallower depths where the Paleozoic granite transitions into the overlying Permo-Triassic sandstones.

The geological observations of extensional veins produced by natural hydrofracture show that pore fluid pressures can also be locally high (e.g.

Ramsay ; Sibson ; Robert et al. ; Barker et al. ), either consistently or transiently, and that the differential stresses when these features formed are therefore likely to be low (e.g. Pore diameter can be as high as ~ to μm in the high-porosity layers, but is typically 50 μm, or less, in the layers of low porosity (Fig.

8g). The mercury injection data show that ~ 60% of the pore volume is connected by pore throats with a diameter greater than 1 μm (Fig. Abstract. An analysis of physicochemical processes in saturated silt-clay gouge indicates that this type of fault zone material can account for for the following phenomena: (1) the nonlinear mechanical behavior indicated by certain geophysical measurements along the San Andreas fault zone, (2) the low stress drops associated with earthquakes to several kilometers' depth, and (3) the recurrence.

areas where high pore pressures (and anomalously low velocities) exist (e.g., Figure 6), and we were unable to perform consolidation tests in these sand-rich zones. The density of sediment at site U is well constrained from drilling results, and as a result, effective.

Permeability values measured under effective stresses up to 8, psi show the Wellington shale to have values as low as x 10 -6 md. Introduction An understanding of water movement into shales is important because water movement results in the development of swelling stresses and pore-pressure increases that can lead to rock failure.

The primary clays within gouge along the Salt Spring fault are illite and smectite. These low-frictional-coefficient, velocity-strengthening clay minerals are particularly impermeable when sheared and will have elevated pore pressures and reduced shear strength in the presence of fluids (Ikari et al., ).

We conducted triaxial friction experiments on the shallow Nankai Trough accretionary sediments at confining pressures, pore water pressures, temperatures close to their in situ conditions, and axial displacement rates (Vaxial) changed stepwise among1, and 10µm/s.

The results revealed that their frictional properties change systematically according to the content of clay minerals. [Geology] The pressure of fluids within the pores of a reservoir, usually hydrostatic pressure, or the pressure exerted by a column of water from the formation's depth to sea level.

When impermeable rocks such as shales form as sediments are compacted, their pore fluids cannot always escape and must then support the total overlying rock column, leading to anomalously high formation. This is, in part, because the Earth is not equally heated by the Sun. Areas where the air is warmed often have lower pressure because the warm air rises.

These areas are called low pressure systems. Places where the air pressure is high, are called high pressure systems. A low pressure system has lower pressure at its center than the areas. Reliability of Pore Pressure Measurement VERNE C. McGUFFEY ABSTRACT The importance of reliable pore pressure measurements and their influence on design and construction are discussed.

Methods of obtaining high-quality data are related to five major items: (a). David, C., J. et al., KG 2 B: a collaborative benchmarking exercise for estimating the permeability of the Grimsel granodiorite - Part 1: measurements, pressure dependence and pore-fluid effects, Geophysics Journal International, is increased; compare moderate and high strength rock targets.

View perforation tunnel images at increasing pore pressures. Review the shock wave physics simulation exercise. 2 IPS Effects of High Pore Pressure on Perforation Tunnels in Both High and Moderate Compressive Strength Rocks. measurement/ pore-air pressure/ pore-water pressure/ shear strength of unsaturated soils/ unconsolidated-undrained triaxial shear tests/ negative pore pressure (THIS REPORT) Available from the National Technical Information Service, Operations Division, Port Royal Road.

Springfield, Virginia 22/ I UNCLASSIFIED 1. Real time pore pressure prediction soft ware was introduced for the first time in Shell's Norwegian drilling operations in This trial was followed by the intro duction of the program to drilling opera tions in the South China Sea, as a tool to optimize the mud gradient and casing setting depths on high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) exploration wells.

The recognition of extensive networks of veins in an cient rocks also provides evidence for high fluid pressures (Clogs, ; VroliJk,~. In ancient rocks syntec tonic veins are interpreted as natural hydrofractures that formed under conditions of high fluid pressure and low .The quartz gouge shows a high healing rate, b =which means a relatively quick recovery of fault strength, whereas clay minerals show low healing rate, b = –, suggesting a slow recovery of fault strength.

Illite shows a slightly higher healing rate than the other clay minerals probably because of the mixture of quartz in the. Pore pressure developments were shown to be directly related to this moisture transport process and had a significant influence on occurrence of explosive spalling.

Effects of w/cm ratios, curing conditions, heating rates, and polypropylene (PP) fibers on pore pressure buildup and explosive spalling were quantified by measurements and described.

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