Ultrasonic moduli for fluid-saturated rocks: Mavko-Jizba relations rederived and generalized
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Mavko and Jizba propose a quantitative model for squirt dispersion of elastic-wave velocities between seismic and ultrasonic frequencies in granular rocks. Their central results are the expressions for the so-called unrelaxed frame bulk and shear moduli computed under an assumption that the stiff pores are drained (or dry) but the soft pores are filled with fluid. Mavko-Jizba expressions are limited to liquid-saturated rocks but become inaccurate when the fluid-bulk modulus is small (e.g., for gas-saturated rocks). We have derived new expressions for unrelaxed moduli of fluid-saturated porous rocks using Sayers-Kachanov discontinuity formalism. The derived expressions generalize the established Mavko-Jizba relations to gas-saturated rocks, reduce to Mavko-Jizba results when the pore fluid is liquid, and yield dry moduli when fluid-bulk modulus tends to zero. We tested this by comparing our model and the model of Mavko and Jizba against laboratory measurements on a sample of Westerly granite.
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