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[SIT26-11] Grain growth-induced channelization of non-wetting fluids in synthetic quartzite
Keywords:Grain growth, Fluid expulsion, Dihedral angle, Minimum energy fluid fraction
In the end products (from experimental runs under CO2 saturation) that had greater than 60°dihedral angles between the fluid and the quartz grains, fluid pockets (grain-scale fluid reservoirs surrounded by faceted quartzite grains) were found to have formed via fluid expulsion during grain growth. These fluid pockets were likely formed by smaller grains, surrounded by fluid-filled triple and multiple junctions, that were consumed by grain growth, followed by the coagulation of the fluid-filled junctions , . In some of the product runs, the fluid pockets were aligned to be in proximity with one another. These fluid pockets are likely to be interconnected three-dimensionally. The spatial distribution of smaller quartz grains measured with the line-transect method revealed that smaller grains tend to acquire network-like arrangements; probably due to a geometrical (packing) requirement in self-organizing fluid-rock systems that have grain size variations. Such a grain arrangement may result in the increased interconnectivity of fluid pockets via consumption of the small grains during extensive grain growth, a process that would significantly increase the permeability of non-wetting, fluid-bearing systems.
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