Physical Properties of Rocks

Physical Properties of Rocks

A Workbook

1st Edition - June 28, 2011

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  • Author: J.H. Schön
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444537966
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444537973

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Physical Properties of Rocks: A Workbook is a symbiosis of a brief description of physical fundamentals of rock properties (based on typical experimental results and relevant theories and models) with a guide for practical use of different theoretical concepts. For this purpose a companion web site contains a selection of model based equations in excel worksheets for practical application and training by the user to work with his own data (or to ''play" in order to demonstrate the effects of various input information and to demonstrate the effects of various input information in petrophysical work. In two special chapters the problem of relationships between petrophysical parameters based on various model concepts is presented as a foundation for combined interpretation. This part also contains the author's 'structured model'.  The workbook is a result of the more than 40 years experience of the author in teaching at universities and industrial courses.

Key Features

  • Presents all practical relevant properties of rock in one volume
  • Experimental and theoretical fundamentals in a systematic framework
  • Special focus on relationships between properties


Students and professionals working in the areas of applied geophysics, well-log analysis, and reservoir engineering as well as geophysicists in engineering, geotechnics, hydrogeology, and geothermal applications

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    Chapter 1 Rocks—Their Classification and General Properties

    1.1 Introduction

    1.2 Igneous Rocks

    1.3 Metamorphic Rocks

    1.4 Sedimentary Rocks

    1.5 Physical Properties of Rocks—Some General Characteristics

    Chapter 2 Pore Space Properties

    2.1 Overview—Introduction

    2.2 Porosity

    2.3 Specific Internal Surface

    2.4 Fluids in the Pore Space—Saturation and Bulk Volume Fluid

    2.5 Permeability

    2.6 Wettability

    2.7 Fluid Distribution—Capillary Pressure in a Reservoir

    2.8 Example: Sandstone—Part 1

    Chapter 3 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance—Petrophysical Properties

    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 Physical Origin

    3.3 The Principle of an NMR Measurement

    3.4 NMR Relaxation Mechanisms of Fluids in Pores and Fluid-Surface Effects

    3.5 Applications

    Chapter 4 Density

    4.1 Definition and Units

    4.2 Density of Rock Constituents

    4.3 Density of Rocks

    Chapter 5 Nuclear/Radioactive Properties

    5.1 Fundamentals

    5.2 Natural Radioactivity

    5.3 Interactions of Gamma Radiation

    5.4 Interactions of Neutron Radiation

    5.5 Application of Nuclear Measurements for a Mineral Analysis

    5.6 Example: Sandstone—Part 2

    Chapter 6 Elastic Properties

    6.1 Fundamentals

    6.2 Elastic Properties of the Rock Constituents

    6.3 Velocity of Rocks–Overview

    6.4 Velocity of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks

    6.5 Velocity of Sedimentary Rocks

    6.6 Anisotropy

    6.7 Theories

    6.8 Reservoir Properties from Seismic Parameters

    6.9 Attenuation of Elastic Waves

    6.10 Example of Elastic Properties: Sandstone (Gas Bearing)

    Chapter 7 Geomechanical Properties

    7.1 Overview, Introduction

    7.2 Classification Parameters

    7.3 Fundamental Geomechanical Properties and Processes

    7.4 Correlation Between Static and Dynamic Moduli

    7.5 Correlation Between Seismic Velocity and Strength Properties

    Chapter 8 Electrical Properties

    8.1 Fundamentals

    8.2 Electrical Properties of Rock Components

    8.3 Specific Electrical Resistivity of Rocks

    8.4 Clean Rocks—Theories and Models

    8.5 Shaly Rocks, Shaly Sands

    8.6 Laminated Shaly Sands and Laminated Sands—Macroscopic Anisotropy

    8.7 Dielectric Properties of Rocks

    8.8 Complex Resistivity—Spectral-Induced Polarization

    8.9 Example: Sandstone—Part 3

    Chapter 9 Thermal Properties

    9.1 Introduction

    9.2 Thermal Properties of Minerals and Pore Contents

    9.3 Thermal Properties of Rocks—Experimental Data

    9.4 Theories and Models

    Chapter 10 Magnetic Properties

    10.1 Fundamentals and Units

    10.2 Magnetic Properties of Rock Constituents

    10.3 Magnetic Properties of Rocks

    Chapter 11 Relationships Between Some Petrophysical Properties

    11.1 Introduction

    11.2 Relationships Based on Layered Models—Log Interpretation for Porosity and Mineral Composition Estimate

    11.3 Relationships Between Thermal Conductivity and Elastic Wave Velocities

    Appendix A Physical Properties of Rock-Forming Minerals

    Appendix B Some Conversions

    Appendix C Files available on the website



Product details

  • No. of pages: 494
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2011
  • Published: June 28, 2011
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444537966
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444537973

About the Author

J.H. Schön

Jürgen H. Schön is a consulting petrophysicist and Honorary Professor at Montanuniversität Leoben. Schön was educated at Bergakademie Freiberg (Mining Institute of Freiberg), Germany, where in 1962 he graduated with a Diploma in geophysics; in 1967 he received his Doctor of Natural Science. In his career, Schön has held a variety of academic positions: at the Bergakademie Freiberg he was Professor and Head of the Geophysics Department (1987-1991). In 1991, he moved to the Institute of Applied Geophysics, Joanneum Research, in Leoben, Austria; where, from 2000 to 2004, he was the science manager of the geophysical institute. In 1993, he was a visiting Professor at the Colorado School of Mines. In 1999 he became Honorary Professor at the Montanuniversität Leoben. In his academic positions he was also a thesis supervisor for students studying formation evaluation. Since 1999 he has expanded his teaching beyond university and has taught training courses (Petrophysics, Formation Evaluation) for industry.

Affiliations and Expertise

Montanuniversität, Leoben, Austria

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