Anisotropy in the undrained pore pressure response of rock

R. Y. Makhnenko, A. Tarokh

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In Biot’s theory of isotropic poroelasticity, deviatoric stress does not induce pore pressure as the mean stress is the solely factor responsible for such changes. However, for an anisotropic rock the deviatoric stress can induce an undrained pore pressure change, a consequence that does not happen under the assumption of isotropy. Experimental techniques have been aimed at making reliable measurements of Skempton’s coefficients taking into account the effect of the dead volume of the drainage system. Special attention has been dedicated to full saturation with the use of the back pressure technique. The hydrostatic compression experiment has been utilized to confirm the anisotropy of the bulk and solid phases of the rock. The conventional triaxial compression experiment has been performed on transversely isotropic rock where independent loading is applied perpendicular and parallel to bedding directions and the correspondent changes in pore pressure in the specimen are recorded. This has lead to interesting observations on the connections between the directional-dependent solid and bulk response of rock.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event52nd U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium - Seattle, United States
Duration: Jun 17 2018Jun 20 2018


Other52nd U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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Funding Information:
The research is supported as part of the Center for Geologic Storage of CO2, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences (BES), under Award #DE-SC0C12504

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Copyright © 2018 ARMA, American Rock Mechanics Association.


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