Abstract

In a previous communication I proposed an analytical model to simulate the electromagnetic (EM) and induced polarization (IP) response of a metal well casing (Wait, 1983). To facilitate the analysis, the earth was idealized as a homogeneous conducting half-space of electrical properties (σ, ε, μ). The well casing was represented as a filamental vertical conductor of semiinfinite length that was characterized by a series axial impedance to account for eddy currents and interfacial polarization. A further basic simplification was to neglect displacement currents in the air; this was justified when all significant distances were small compared with the free-space wavelength. Initially, the source was taken to be a horizontal electric dipole or current element I ds on the air-earth interface. By integration of the results, the mutual impedance between two grounded circuits could be ascertained. In the absence of the vertical conductor (i.e., the well casing) the results reduced to those given by Sunde (1968) and Ward (1967).

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