We test the relation k = the product of m squared/K sub 0 and F to the power of -1.5, where k is permeability, m is hydraulic radius, F is the formation factor, and K sub 0 is a constant close to 2.5. Parameters k, m, and F have been measured in the laboratory or taken from the literature for two granites and a number of sandstones and ceramics. Predicted and measured K agree to within about a factor of 2 over the 9 orders of magnitude range of k. A similar relation closely predicts the change in permeability with stress measured for granite. Application to rocks at depth seems limited at present, for although deep resistivity may be known, information on the size of pore spaces, needed to calculate m, is generally not available. /Author/

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    American Geophysical Union

    1909 K Street, NW, Division of Hydrology
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  • Authors:
    • Brace, W F
  • Publication Date: 1977-8-10

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 3343-49
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  • Accession Number: 00164002
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper No. 7B0238
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 29 1977 12:00AM