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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 78 (1994)

Issue: 7. (July)

First Page: 1028

Last Page: 1039

Title: Previous HitEstimationNext Hit of Single-Phase Previous HitPermeabilityNext Hit Previous HitfromNext Hit Parameters of Particle-Size Distribution

Author(s): Manmath N. Panda, Larry W. Lake (2)


The single-phase Previous HitpermeabilityNext Hit of a permeable medium is determined by both the bulk physical properties of the interconnected pore system (e.g., porosity and tortuosity) and the statistics of its particle-size distribution (psd). An expression of the relation between Previous HitpermeabilityNext Hit and pore-level properties is the Carman-Kozeny (CK) equation. This equation has historically been used to explain the fundamental causes of Previous HitpermeabilityNext Hit because it provides a link between media attributes and flow resistance.

Because the CK equation has not been applied to media consisting of mixed particle sizes, we modify the CK equation to express the single-phase Previous HitpermeabilityNext Hit of unconsolidated media in terms of both the psd statistics and the bulk physical properties.

We find that we can relate Previous HitpermeabilityNext Hit to the parameters of a psd for unconsolidated media. This relationship matches published data. It generally fails for permeabilities less than 1 ┬Ám2 (~1 darcy), probably because not all of the pore space is supporting flow in this region. With the model partially verified by experimental data, we use it to investigate the nature of Previous HitpermeabilityNext Hit-porosity relationships and of the origin of variability in Previous HitpermeabilityNext Hit. The latter capability will explain many of the Previous HitpermeabilityNext Hit differences observed in outcrop studies.

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