E3S Web Conf.
Volume 205, 20202nd International Conference on Energy Geotechnics (ICEGT 2020)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||CO2 Sequestration and Deep Geothermal Energy|
|Published online||18 November 2020|
Impact of mineral composition and distribution on the mechanical properties of porous media
1 Department of Civil Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, 36849
2 Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, 92182
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Geological sequestration of CO2 in deep saline formations is a promising means of reducing atmospheric CO2 emissions. Once injected, CO2 dissolves into formation brine, lowering pH and creating conditions favorable for mineral dissolution. Cations released from dissolving minerals may create conditions favorable for secondary mineral precipitation, which can result in the long-term mineralogical trapping of injected CO2. These reactions may alter the natural rock mechanical properties, which can affect the safety and efficiency of geological sequestration. This work aims to investigate the impact of mineral composition and distribution on the mechanical properties of porous media. In this study, the mineralogy, mineral distribution, and mechanical properties of samples from Escambia County, AL, are evaluated. The mechanical properties of the rock samples are evaluated using the unconfined compression and indirect tensile tests in the combination with digital image correlation. The mineral composition and distribution are determined through the analysis of scanning electron microscopy backscattered electron and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy images of thin sections. These analyses showed that the mechanical properties vary with composition, which may have significant practical consequences for geological sequestration of CO2.
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