Effect of fluid viscosity on elastic wave attenuation in porous rocks
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Attenuation and dispersion of elastic waves in fluidsaturated rocks due to pore fluid viscosity is investigated using an idealized exactly solvable example of a system of alternating solid and viscous fluid layers.Waves in periodic layered systems at low frequencies can be studied using an asymptotic analysis of Rytov's exact dispersion equations. Since the wavelength of the shear wave in the fluid (viscous skin depth) is much smaller than the wavelength of the shear or compressional waves in the solid, the presence of viscous fluid layers requires a consideration of higherorder terms in the lowfrequency asymptotic expansions.This expansion leads to asymptotic lowfrequency dispersion equations. For a shear wave with the directions of propagation and of particle motion in the bedding plane, the dispersion equation yields the lowfrequency attenuation (inverse quality factor) as a sum of two terms which are both proportional to frequency omega] but have different dependencies on viscosity [eta]:one term is proportional to [omega]/[eta], the other to [omega][eta]:.The lowfrequency dispersion equation for compressional waves allows for the propagation of two waves correspondingto Biot's fast and slow waves. Attenuation of the fast wave has the same twoterm structure as that of the shear wave. The slow wave is a rapidly attenuating diffusiontype wave, whose squared complex velocity again consists of two terms which scale with i[omega]/[eta]and i[omage][eta]. For all three waves, the terms proportional to [eta] are responsible for the viscoelastc phenomena (viscous shear relaxation), whereas the terms proportional to [eta]to negative 1 account for the viscoinertial (poroelastic) mechanism of Biot's type.Furthermore, the characteristic frequencies of viscoelastic [omega sub v] and poroelastic [omega sub b] attenuation mechanisms obey the relation [omega sub v][omega sub b]=A[omega sub r squared], where [omega sub r]is the resonant frequency of the layered system, and A is a dimensionless constant of order 1. This result explains why the viscoelastic and poroelastic mechanisms are usually treated separately in the context of macroscopic theories that imply [omega]<< [omega sub r]. The poroelastic mechanism dominates over the viscoelastic one when the frequencyindepenent parameter B=[omega sub b]/[omega sub v]=12 [eta squared]/[mu sub s][rho sub f][h sub f squared]<<1and vice versa, where [h sub f]is the fluid layer thickness, [rho sub f] the fluid density, and [mu sub s] represents the shear modulus of the solid.
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Published by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
2002 Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
Effect of fluid viscosity on elastic wave attenuation in porous rocks
Geophysics, Volume 67, Issue 1, pp. 264270 (JanuaryFebruary 2002)
Boris Gurevich
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