Change in Biot's effective stress coefficient of chalk during pore collapse

M. Monzurul Alam, Ida Lykke Fabricius

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Biot's effective stress coefficient (α) is a measure of how well grains in the rocks are connected with each other. The amount of contact cements between the grains determines the stiffness of rocks. Change in grain contact occurs during natural diagenesis of sedimentary rock. Contact between the grains could also change during elastic deformation of the grains in a rock mechanics test. Diagenetic change in grain contact cement of chalk can be compared with stress-induced change in the laboratory. The change in porosity is studied with reference to the change in effective stress on grain contacts (σ'm). The porosity reduction trend with change in σ'm indicates that in newly deposited calcareous sediment (in Kerguelen Plateau), porosity reduces at a faster rate, as σ'm increases until α decreased below 0.95. As contact area between the grains increases (decrease in α), σ'm decreases and porosity reduces at a slower rate. We noticed that presence of non carbonates and hydrocarbon could increase σ'm. During rock mechanics test in the lab, with increased applied stress, σ'm increases, Biot's effective stress coefficient shows a decreasing trend, while a minor porosity reduction was observed. © 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPoromechanics V : Proceedings of the 5th Biot Conference on Poromechanics
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
Publication date2013
ISBN (Print)978-0-7844-1299-2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventFifth Biot Conference on Poromechanics - Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
Duration: 10 Jul 201312 Jul 2013
Conference number: 5


ConferenceFifth Biot Conference on Poromechanics
LocationVienna University of Technology


  • Cements
  • Limestone
  • Rock mechanics
  • Porosity

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