Analysis of the length scale characterized by the yield stress fluids porosimetry method for consolidated media: comparison with pore network models and mercury intrusion porosimetry
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Substantial progress has been recently achieved in the development of a clean alternative tomercury intrusion porosimetry (MIP) based on single-phase flow measurements in porous samples using yield stress fluids. However, no study to date has examined the scale of the pore length actually provided by the yield stress fluids porosimetry method (YSM) in consolidated porous media. Indeed, while the results of YSM were compared to those provided by MIP in the past, the relationships between the characterized pore size distribution (PSD) and the actual pore geometry have still not been addressed for this type of porous media. This issue is of special interest to geoscientists involved in seeking relevant information from core characterization operations. With this aim in mind, the objective of the present paper is to evaluate the agreement between the PSDs characterized by YSM, the pore-opening size distributions provided byMIP tests, and the pore-throat and pore-body size distributions obtained from X-ray computed microtomography. For this purpose, a set of artificial and natural porous samples with permeability values extending over two magnitudes were characterized by using both YSM and MIP laboratory tests. Then, the results were matched to the model pore geometries extracted from digital images of the real microstructure. This analysis led to the main conclusion that YSM can be reliably used as an adequate substitute forMIP in the case of the investigated consolidated media, given the general agreement observed between these methods.
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