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Grains, grids and mineral surfaces: approaches to grain-scale matrix modeling based on X-ray micro-computed tomography data
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2019 (English)In: SN Applied Sciences, ISSN 2523-3963, E-ISSN 2523-3971, Vol. 1, no 10Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

X-ray micro-computed tomography (X-μCT) generates 3D mineral distribution maps currently with a resolution of about 10 μm. For tight crystalline rocks, this implies that the mineral grains are well resolved, while micro-fractures, having apertures of less than 10 μm, are not resolved. In this study, we propose a method to analyze the properties (size, volume, surface area) of the mineral grains based on X-μCT data. The numerical approach uses a resolution similar to that of the X-μCT data and hence shares the same limitations. For example, it is clear that a large fraction of the mineral surface area is due to so-called roughness, with scales below 10 μm. In the second part of the study, methods to generate the diffusion-available pore space are discussed. The inter-granular space (distance between grains) is often smaller than 10 μm, and we need to design methods to be able to perform diffusion simulations in the matrix. Three methods, all based on X-μCT, are discussed, and it is demonstrated that models with realistic global properties (mean porosity and effective diffusion coefficient) can be developed based on the suggested techniques.

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Springer Nature , 2019. Vol. 1, no 10
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Grain surface area, Inter-granular space, Numerical grid, X-ray micro-computed tomography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-330363DOI: 10.1007/s42452-019-1254-1ISI: 000494831800037Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85100733160OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-330363DiVA, id: diva2:1777594
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Available from: 2023-06-29 Created: 2023-06-29 Last updated: 2023-08-04Bibliographically approved

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