CORe Interpretation ASsistance
Designed by Corias

We compute the porosity through the respect of the following hypothesis:

In general the core characteristics are supposed at least reliable for the cubic meter of rock centered on the core (which goes from its upper to its lower face). Therefore one porosity value refers to that cubic meter and is computed from meter to meter along the bore-hole.

The surface of the fractures are at least of one square meter. Such an hypothesis is of course somewhere biased because it's commonly known that quite often fractures stop one on the other (their real surface shape is a complex polygon one). But same it is commonly admitted that a relation (complex and highly changing from case to case) exist between the length and the aperture in the way of a concomitant increase of both parameters. Thus it means that the error on the length will affect preferably the"small" apertures fractures which length could be under a meter and less or not the "large" open fractures which length is certainly over a meter. Consequently the error on the porosity will be limited regarding that the contribution of small open fractures is minor when compared with the one of the "large" open one.

The calculation is done by the cumuli of all individual fractures porosity families. More further each fracture family porosity is computed from the above cumuli fracture frequency affected by a specific aperture.

The fractures aperture values are noticed directly on site by the operator which use the AS3D analyzer. The thickness of each fracture is supposed constant and should be already "averaged" by the operator (in case of partial opening, like "bridge fractures", only the utile opening is used).

Regarding the opening of fractures inside a family two alternatives exist. If the bore-hole length is limited: the opening is approximate as constant along the whole bore-hole. If the bore-hole length is "consequent", we approximate that the opening is constant only in each successive cubic meter along the bore-hole or on a specific depth portion for each fracture family an average (AVG) and standard deviation (STD) on the opening are computed.
Concerning the opening of fractures:
Corias - Core Interpretation Assistance - 74, Allee de la Robertsau F-67000 Strasbourg
Phone: + - Mobile: + -
© Corias 2018 - All rights reserved.
See our Methodology in the download section.