Petrophysical characterization of the Sherwood Sandstone from East Yorkshire, UK
Published:January 01, 2006
Magdeline Pokar, L. J. West, N. E. Odling, 2006. "Petrophysical characterization of the Sherwood Sandstone from East Yorkshire, UK", Fluid Flow and Solute Movement in Sandstones: The Onshore UK Permo-Triassic Red Bed Sequence, R. D. Barker, J. H. Tellam
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Petrophysical tests were conducted on core samples from the unsaturated zone of the Sherwood Sandstone Group in East Yorkshire. Tests were conducted to determine which physical parameters most influenced its hydraulic conductivity values. The main parameters analysed were grain-size distribution, pore-throat size distribution, clay content, mineralogy and porosity. A constant flow rate permeameter was used to measure saturated hydraulic conductivity values in the vertical direction (perpendicular to lamination), Kv, and horizontal direction (parallel to lamination), Kh. Hydraulic conductivity values in the vertical direction, Kv ranged from 0.004 to 0.12 m day−1 while values in the horizontal direction, Kh, ranged from 0.01 to 0.17 m day−1. Hydraulic conductivity anisotropy, Kh/Kv, varied from 0.6 to 35. Scanning electron microscope analysis showed this anisotropy to be caused mainly by millimetre-scale laminations. Representative bulk hydraulic conductivity values were estimated from the core data; bulk horizontal hydraulic conductivity, Khb, was estimated as 0.1 m day−1, and bulk vertical hydraulic conductivity, Kvb, as 0.01 m day−1. Principal components analysis and multiple regression analysis were used to determine parameters that affect hydraulic conductivity most. Grain sorting is established to be the most important parameter to influence Kv values; samples with fine laminations have relatively low Kv.
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Fluid Flow and Solute Movement in Sandstones: The Onshore UK Permo-Triassic Red Bed Sequence
Sandstone aquifers are common worldwide: they contain a significant proportion of the Earth’s fresh water supplies. However, because of their textural complexity and the frequent occurrence of both matrix and fracture flow, prediction of flow and pollutant migration is still a considerable challenge. This volume contains a collection of papers summarizing current research on an example sandstone aquifer: the UK Permo-Triassic Sandstone sequence. These red bed, organic-poor sandstones are of fluvial and aeolian origin, are often strongly textured, and are cut by discontinuities of a wide range of permeabilities. Matrix flow often dominates, but fracture flow also occurs. The papers in the volume deal with research on saturated and unsaturated flow, and solute and non-aqueous-phase liquid movement. They cover investigations from laboratory to regional scale, and involve a wide range of approaches, from petrophysical through geophysical and hydrochemical to modelling.
The book is intended to be of interest to researchers and practitioners involved in water resources and groundwater pollution, and to hydrogeology, water engineering, and environmental science students.