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See detailShallow heat injection and storage experiment : heat transport simulation and sensitivity analysis.
Vandenbohede, Alexander; Hermans, Thomas ULg; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg et al

in Journal of Hydrology (2011), 409(1-2), 262-272

Interest in heat transport in porous media has increased because of its many applications such use as tracer or in geotechnical engineering solutions. Understanding of the physical processes and ... [more ▼]

Interest in heat transport in porous media has increased because of its many applications such use as tracer or in geotechnical engineering solutions. Understanding of the physical processes and parameters determining heat transport is therefore important. In this paper, heat transport is studied during a shallow heat injection and storage field test. The test is simulated using SEAWAT. Sensitivity analyses and collinear diagnostics are used to derive which parameters can be derived from the test and how reliable these values are. Heat transport during the test is compared with heat transport in the surficial zone at the same field site to compare parameter values. The most sensitive parameter is the thermal conductivity of the solid followed by the porosity, heat capacity of the solid and the longitudinal dispersivity. This indicates the predominance of conductive transport during the storage phase over the convective transport during the injection phase. Whereas heat transport in the surficial zone is insensitive to the longitudinal dispersivity, this parameter must be included to simulate the field test. This indicates that dispersivity can not be ignored simulating convective heat transport in aquifers. [less ▲]

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See detailImproving groundwater flow model conceptualisation and calibration with electrical resistivity tomography and self-potential methods
Robert, Tanguy ULg; Therrien, René; Lemieux, Jean-Michel et al

Conference (2011, September 19)

Developing a conceptual model for groundwater flow requires knowledge on the distribution of geological materials, which generally comes from geological observations on outcrops and boreholes, from the ... [more ▼]

Developing a conceptual model for groundwater flow requires knowledge on the distribution of geological materials, which generally comes from geological observations on outcrops and boreholes, from the interpretation of hydraulic tests or from geophysical surveys. The identification of spatial structures in the subsurface, such as preferential flow paths created by fractured zones, is also critical in developing a reliable conceptual model but it is difficult to achieve. Geophysical methods have been widely used to map the subsurface distribution of geological materials. Recent developments in geophysics, such as the increased use of joint inversion of geophysical and hydrogeological data, have further allowed to quantify the hydraulic conductivity of geological materials. The objective of our work is to demonstrate that the electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) and the self-potential (SP) methods can improve both the conceptual model developed for groundwater flow systems and the calibration of the corresponding groundwater flow model. The use of the two geophysical methods, combined with a groundwater flow model, is presented for a fractured limestone aquifer. The self-potential method relies on passive measurements of the ambient electrical potential at ground surface or in boreholes. One of the mechanisms responsible for the measured signal measured is the transport of dissolved ions with groundwater flow. When this electrokinetic effect is the dominant contribution, the resulting signal is called the streaming potential and it contains information about groundwater fluxes that can be useful to calibrate groundwater flow models. The solution to the SP forward problem was added to the HydroGeoSphere model, which simulates 3D groundwater flow and solute transport in porous media, including fractured geological formations. With this addition, the model can calculate the self-potential signal associated with groundwater flow, given the distribution of Darcy fluxes resulting from the forward flow solution and the electrical resistivity that is, for example, outputted by ERT data inversion. Darcy fluxes are transformed into sources of electrical current by using the streaming potential coupling coefficient. This parameter can be measured either in the laboratory or in-situ from the self-potential signal between two locations where the depth of the water table is known, such as observation wells. We used here both ERT and SP to develop a conceptual model for groundwater flow in a typical carboniferous limestone syncline in South Belgium. The rolling topography in the investigated area results from a succession of calcareous valleys (synclines) and sandstone crests (anticlines). The calcareous synclines form aquifers that are very complex since they are highly fractured and even karstified. A typical calcareous syncline has a width of about 800 m and, using ERT, we could subdivide the syncline into zones of different hydraulic conductivity, based on the degree of fracturation. The zones are oriented along the axis of the syncline and their width ranges between 10 and 40 m. The ERT profiles showed that there is a highly conductive zone, in terms of electrical conductivity, near the syncline fold axis. That zone is interpreted as being highly fractured. Other conductive zones are located symmetrically along both flanks of the calcareous syncline, with respect to the syncline fold axis. The main flow direction is along the axis of the syncline, towards a nearby river. The SP raw signals also showed that, locally, there is a second flow component perpendicular to the axis of the syncline, with groundwater flowing from the flanks of the syncline towards the axis. The conceptual groundwater flow model developed here includes the zones identified with ERT, which were then incorporated into the numerical model. The SP signals were inverted with PEST to calibrate the hydraulic conductivity value of the different zones. HydroGeoSphere was therefore used to simulate first groundwater flow and then the associated self-potential signals in an iterative process. At the start of an iteration, HydroGeoSphere solves the groundwater flow equation given one particular set of hydraulic conductivities and calculates the resulting Darcy fluxes. These fluxes are transformed into sources of electrical current assuming that the electrokinetic effect is the dominant contribution of the SP signals. HydroGeoSphere then calculates the distribution of self-potential given the sources of electrical current and the distribution of electrical resistivity. The hydraulic conductivity values of the zones are then modified and the iteration continues until the model reproduces the measured self-potential signal. [less ▲]

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See detailParameter estimation using slug tests : application to a heat injection and storage experiment
Vandenbohede, Alexander; Louwyck, Andy; Daoudi, Moubarak et al

Poster (2011, September 19)

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See detailImproving Groundwater Flow Model Conceptualisation and Calibration with ERT and Self-potential Methods
Robert, Tanguy ULg; Therrien, René; Lemieux, Jean-Michel et al

in EarthDoc - Near Surface 2011 – 17th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (2011, September 14)

The self-potential (SP) method relies on passive measurements of the ambient electrical potential at the ground surface or in boreholes. When the electrokinetic effect is the dominant contribution, the ... [more ▼]

The self-potential (SP) method relies on passive measurements of the ambient electrical potential at the ground surface or in boreholes. When the electrokinetic effect is the dominant contribution, the resulting signal is called the streaming potential and contains information about groundwater fluxes that can be useful for calibration of groundwater flow models. The streaming potential forward equation was implemented in the HydroGeoSphere model, which simulates 3D groundwater flow and solute transport in porous media, including fractured geological formations. HydroGeoSphere is able to calculate the streaming potential given a distribution of Darcy velocity and electrical resistivity. Since groundwater flow modelling relies on a conceptual model, prior information on the distribution of the geological units and hydraulic conductivity at the site is mandatory. However, this information is often scarce or missing. In this work, we use the electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) and the SP methods as an additional source of information for building the groundwater flow model. ERT is used to identify the location of fractured zones in a fractured and karstified calcareous aquifer of South Belgium. The SP signal is used with PEST in order to calibrate the groundwater flow model and better constrain the hydraulic conductivity of the fractured zones. [less ▲]

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See detailHow to incorporate prior information in geophysical inverse problems: deterministic and geostatistical approaches.
Hermans, Thomas ULg; Caterina, David ULg; Martin, Roland et al

in EarthDoc - Near Surface 2011 - 17th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (2011, September 13)

Many geophysical inverse problems are ill-posed leading to non-uniqueness of the solution. It is thus important to reduce the amount of mathematical solutions to more geologically plausible models by ... [more ▼]

Many geophysical inverse problems are ill-posed leading to non-uniqueness of the solution. It is thus important to reduce the amount of mathematical solutions to more geologically plausible models by regularizing the inverse problem and incorporating all available prior information in the inversion process. We compare three different ways to go beyond standard Occam’s inversion for electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) using electromagnetic logging data in the context of salt water infiltration: a simple reference model, a structural constraint and a geostatistical constraint based on a vertical correlation length. Results with the traditional smoothness constraint yield small contrasts of resistivity, far from the reality revealed by borehole measurements. Incorporating prior information from boreholes clearly improves the misfit with logging data. If a good reference model can always be used, it can lead to misinterpretation if its weight is too strong. When the computation of the correlation length is possible, the geostatistical inversion gives satisfactory results everywhere in the section. In this specific case, the geostatistical approach seems to be a more robust way to incorporate prior information. The structural constraint seems to be more indicated when integrating information from other geophysical methods such as GPR or seismic. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of Defects in Concrete With Ground Penetrating Radar
Van der Wielen, Audrey ULg; Courard, Luc ULg; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg

in ESPSC 2011: European Symposium on Polymers in Sustainable Construction (Czarnecki Symposium) (2011, September)

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is a nondestructive technique particularly well adapted to the inspection of concrete structures and can help to determine the structure inner geometry or to detect damaged ... [more ▼]

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is a nondestructive technique particularly well adapted to the inspection of concrete structures and can help to determine the structure inner geometry or to detect damaged areas. When the GPR is used on structures containing thin layers, for example the sealing layer of a bridge or the void into a masonry wall, it is important for the radar user to know the minimum thickness required to detect and estimate the thickness of those layers. The theory of thin layer detection is based on a sine wave but, in reality, the GPR emits a complicated pulse, which undergoes attenuation into the layer. To see the influence of those realistic conditions on the reflection coefficient of a thin layer, we combined experimental measurements and numerical FDTD simulations. The experimental results matched the numerical predictions well, presenting a fast attenuation compared to the theoretical predictions. Nevertheless, for thicknesses inferior to λ/11, the reflection coefficient could still be considered as linearly dependent of the thickness to wavelength ratio. [less ▲]

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See detailImproved automatic calibration of groundwater flow models using self-potential measurements
Robert, Tanguy ULg; Therrien, René; Lemieux, Jean-Michel et al

Conference (2011, April 11)

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See detailGPR Limits for Thin Layers in Concrete Detection: Numerical and Experimental Evaluation
Van der Wielen, Audrey ULg; Courard, Luc ULg; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg

in Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium Proceedings, Marrakesh, Morocco, March 20-23, 2011 (2011, March)

The Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is a nondestructive technique increasingly used in civil structures inspection. In those structures, thin layers, presenting a relatively small thickness compared to ... [more ▼]

The Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is a nondestructive technique increasingly used in civil structures inspection. In those structures, thin layers, presenting a relatively small thickness compared to their area, are common and induce a complex multiple reflection scheme of the GPR waves on the two interfaces limiting the layer. The theoretical relationships predicting the reflected amplitude are based on multiple simplifying assumptions that are not matched by most commercial GPR impulse machines. In the first part of this study, we confronted the theoretical curves with numerical finite difference simulations performed with GprMax2D, with both a continuous sine wave and a realistic pulse derived from measurements. In the second part, we performed experiments on two concrete slabs, separated with an air space of variable thickness. The measured amplitude appeared to be different from the predictions, probably due to surface noise. [less ▲]

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See detailImagerie d'une infiltration artificielle d'eau salée à la côte belge par tomographie de résistivité électrique contrainte par des données géostatistiques
Hermans, Thomas ULg; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg

Scientific conference (2011, January 14)

Electrical resistivity tomography is a geophysical method widely used for salt water intrusion studies, thanks to its ability to detect salinity contrasts. In this context, boreholes are often available ... [more ▼]

Electrical resistivity tomography is a geophysical method widely used for salt water intrusion studies, thanks to its ability to detect salinity contrasts. In this context, boreholes are often available to improve the interpretation of inverted models. The main objective of this study is to incorporate a priori information contained in borehole data to constrain the geophysical inversion with a geostatistical constraint based on the variogram. A synthetic benchmark showed that the choice of the prior model played a great role in the inversion process, especially in low sensitivity zones. The use of simulations conditioned with borehole data costs a lot of time because it is necessary to run several inversions to obtain a mean solution. The methodology was applied to artificial salt water infiltrations in the Westhoek nature reserve. In this case, a homogeneous prior model deduced from borehole data seemed judicious. Inversion results enabled to determine the extension of the salt water plume laterally, in depth, but also in terms of total dissolved solid content (TDS). These observations are in agreement with the hydrogeological situation of the site. A comparison with borehole data showed that the results are much more satisfying than a traditional smoothness constraint used as a regularization tool. [less ▲]

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See detailImage appraisal tools for electrical resistivity tomography
Caterina, David ULg; Beaujean, Jean ULg; Robert, Tanguy ULg et al

in Proceedings of SAGEEP (2011), 24

Image appraisal is a problem frequently encountered in electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), and more generally in non-linear geophysical inversion. It may include several aspects such as the ... [more ▼]

Image appraisal is a problem frequently encountered in electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), and more generally in non-linear geophysical inversion. It may include several aspects such as the identification of the geometry of buried structures, the detection of numerical artefacts, the estimation of the depth of investigation or the exactitude of inverted parameters. Geophysicists can rely on several tools published in the literature to address these issues. However, few studies offer a quantitative comparison on the performance of these tools concerning the different mentioned aspects. Moreover, to our knowledge, there is no commonly accepted methodology to handle image appraisal. In this contribution, we compared quantitatively the ability of different image appraisal indicators to reach different objectives (geometry, artefacts, depth of investigation, parameter resolution). Among possible image appraisal tools, the model resolution matrix (MRM), the cumulative sensitivity matrix (CSM) and the depth of investigation index (DOI) are the most cited ones and were studied here. We compared them first on numerical models representing different geological situations. This numerical benchmark showed that indicators based on the MRM and CSM were the more appropriate to appraise ERT images in terms of the geometry of structures and the exactitude of inverted parameters, DOI providing mainly qualitative information. On this basis, we propose a methodology to appraise field ERT images focusing on the resolution and geometric aspects (others being implicitly studied). First, True Synthetic Models (TSM), representing simplified cases of field ERT images, are built using available information. Then, through forward modelling, synthetic ERT data are computed and inverted to provide the Inverted Synthetic Models (ISM). Afterwards, a comparison between TSM and ISM (or their gradients for geometry) is made in order to define the errors on inverted parameters. This discrepancy is then plotted with respect to resolution indicator values and points out in every tested cases a resolution range over which the errors abruptly increase allowing the definition of threshold values. The final step consists in applying the threshold values on the field ERT images and to validate the results with a posteriori knowledge. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing geostatistical constraints in electrical imaging for improved reservoir characterization
Martin, Roland; Kemna, Andreas; Hermans, Thomas ULg et al

Conference (2010, December 14)

Developing predictive models of reservoirs is often complicated by the spatial heterogeneities and the different scales which control flow and transport processes. In numerous studies over the past two ... [more ▼]

Developing predictive models of reservoirs is often complicated by the spatial heterogeneities and the different scales which control flow and transport processes. In numerous studies over the past two decades, geophysical imaging techniques have proved very useful for reservoir characterization. However, the loss of resolution and the non-uniqueness of standard solutions to inverse problems strongly limit the use of such deterministic imaging approaches. On the other hand, the use of common geostatistical approaches for reservoir characterization, for instance from logging information, may be a difficult task, since accurate variogram information is difficult to obtain (dense sampling in the vertical and lateral directions), and also because a high number of conditioned simulations is needed to remove statistical bias. Combining the high spatial sampling of deterministic geophysical imaging methods with geostatistical constraints, valid in the whole image plane, appears as a very promising approach to enhance reservoir characterization. To do so, we use a parameterized model covariance matrix based on standard variogram functions and a prior model as regularization operator in the inversion of electrical resistance data. This way of including additional data is not restricted to electrical data but the variogram parameters may be also inferred from for example available textural or lithological information. The benefit of the presented approach is twofold: (i) It honors the spatial statistics of the reservoir and (ii) it alters the posterior model by further reducing model ambiguity inherent to the inversion compared to classical (smooth model) regularization. The proof of concept is given by synthetic studies carried out on random fields from Gauss simulations with varying (an)isotropic scale lengths using different model (co)variogram functions. We also demonstrate the approach on electrical field data combined with borehole electromagnetic data from two artificial sea inlets in the nature reserve "The Westhoek" near the French-Belgian border. The electromagnetic logs were used to calculate an experimental vertical variogram characteristic of the study site. The results enabled to determine the extension of the salt water plume laterally, and significantly enhance its extension in depth, but also in terms of total dissolved solid content. These observations are in agreement with the hydrogeological situation at the site. A comparison with borehole data shows that the results are much more plausible than results obtained with a traditional smoothness constraint used as regularization operator. In conclusion, the incorporation of geostatistical information, vertical variograms in our case, in the inverse process improves imaging capabilities for reservoir characterization significantly. [less ▲]

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See detailSUIVI D'UN TEST GEOTHERMIQUE PEU PROFOND DANS UN AQUIFERE SABLEUX PAR TOMOGRAPHIE DE RESISTIVITE ELECTRIQUE : ETUDE DE FAISABILITE
Hermans, Thomas ULg; Vandenbohede, Alexander; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg et al

in Bulletin du groupe francophone d'humidimétrie et transferts en milieux poreux (2010, November 24), 56(Novembre 2010), 21-26

A shallow thermal test was monitored with electrical resistivity tomography (ERT). Heated water (48°C) was injected in a sandy aquifer (10°C). Laboratory measurements indicated a change of 2.1 %/°C of ... [more ▼]

A shallow thermal test was monitored with electrical resistivity tomography (ERT). Heated water (48°C) was injected in a sandy aquifer (10°C). Laboratory measurements indicated a change of 2.1 %/°C of water electrical conductivity for injection water. Due to this change, the plume of heated water was detected by geophysical imaging. In parallel, a hydrogeological flow and heat transport model was calibrated. Geophysics brought important information to calibrate this model and to show the heat exchange through the unsaturated zone. The comparison of the two models shows that ERT was able to retrieve the position and the temperature of the plume. However, a distortion occurs due to the smoothing of the solution during the regularized inversion process. This work demonstrates the ability of ERT to help quantifying parameters governing heat transport in the subsurface non-invasively and therefore studying and designing heat and storage experiments for shallow reservoirs. [less ▲]

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See detailA Saline Tracer Test Monitored with ERT to Detect Preferential Flow/Transport Paths in Limestones
Robert, Tanguy ULg; Caterina, David ULg; Deceuster, John et al

in EarthDoc - Near Surface 2010 – 16th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (2010, September 07)

The success of a tracer test highly depends on the number and the localisation of the sampling wells. When preferential solute transport paths are expected, one needs to set up carefully the tracer test ... [more ▼]

The success of a tracer test highly depends on the number and the localisation of the sampling wells. When preferential solute transport paths are expected, one needs to set up carefully the tracer test to recover information such as the local groundwater flow direction and an estimate of the transport velocities. In this work, we used electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) to monitor a saline tracer test. This experiment was performed in fractured limestones where high transport velocities and strong dilution effects were expected. This required a continuous injection and fast ERT acquisition. Two different salt concentrations (40 and 160 g/l) were injected to deal with dilution effects. We also tested the resolution and the depth of investigation of our dipole-dipole sequence by changing the electrode spacing. Two transversal (and a longitudinal) profiles were placed every 20 m from the injection well. During the first (second) test, a maximum of -8 % (-16 %) change of electrical resistivity was observed in the nearest ERT profile while no change occurred in the other ones. We were then able to estimate the transport velocities in addition to the local groundwater flow direction even if the dilution effects were important. [less ▲]

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See detailUtilisation du GPR pour la détection des discontinuités dans les tabliers de ponts
Van der Wielen, Audrey ULg; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg; Courard, Luc ULg

Scientific conference (2010, August 27)

Le Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) est une technique non destructive utilisée depuis des décennies dans l’auscultation des sols. Depuis quelques années, l’apparition sur le marché d’antennes à hautes ... [more ▼]

Le Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) est une technique non destructive utilisée depuis des décennies dans l’auscultation des sols. Depuis quelques années, l’apparition sur le marché d’antennes à hautes fréquences a permis d’appliquer cette méthode à des structures de moindre épaisseur, et notamment aux tabliers de ponts en béton. A l’Université de Liège, des travaux sont menés afin d’améliorer la détection des discontinuités dans les tabliers de ponts en béton. Dans une première étude expérimentale, 12 échantillons en béton contenant des défauts simulant des délaminations ont été réalisés et scannés par radar. Nous avons ainsi pu représenter les défauts en 3D et constater que leur visibilité était dépendante de leur épaisseur. Actuellement, une seconde étude théorique et expérimentale porte sur la détermination exacte de la limite de détection des couches minces. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of image appraisal tools and covariance matrix
Caterina, David ULg; Beaujean, Jean ULg; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg

Conference (2010, July)

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See detailJoint and sequential inversion of geophysical and hydrogeological data to characterize seawater intrusion models
Beaujean, Jean ULg; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg; Kemna, Andreas

in Teresa Condesso de Melo, Maria; Lebbe, Luc; Virgílio Cruz, José (Eds.) et al Proceedings SWIM21, 21st Salt Water Intrusion Meeting (2010, June)

The integrated water resource management problems require studying efficiently seawater intrusion at local and regional scale and identifying in real time the seawater/freshwater interface dynamic ... [more ▼]

The integrated water resource management problems require studying efficiently seawater intrusion at local and regional scale and identifying in real time the seawater/freshwater interface dynamic. Hydrogeological modeling is widely used to predict seawater intrusion if additional natural or man‐made factors are modified. These models are currently calibrated using measured heads and salt mass fractions in boreholes, which generally result in sparse data coverage. Within this scope, non to minimally invasive geophysical techniques like electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) or time‐domain electromagnetic method are becoming increasingly popular, given their relatively greater spatial horizontal resolution compared to borehole observations. We present a comparison between both a sequential and joint approach to calibrate seawater intrusion models using ERT. The former consists of constraining hydrogeological parameters using ERT derived parameters and relies on sequential inversions of the geophysical and hydrogeological data using a given petrophysical relationship. The second approach in based on simultaneous inversion of petrophysical and hydrogeological data using electrical resistance data as data. It is performed by coupling an inversion code with two hydrogeological and geophysical modeling codes through a petrophysical conversion. This investigation was performed on a densitydependent flow and transport numerical (three/two‐dimensional) simulation study from complex and realistic heterogeneous models. In the sequential approach, the simulations showed that only the shallow salt concentration of the seawater/freshwater transition zone could be recovered for different time‐lapse, due to poorly resolved regions in depth. The capability of image appraisal indicators (cumulative sensitivity and resolution) has been analyzed to emphasize the discrepancy between the targeted and imaged parameter values. On the other hand, the preliminary coupled inversion avoids the regularization bias introduced by ERT and addresses the non‐stationarity of the petrophysical relationship. [less ▲]

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See detailMonitoring a shallow geothermal experiment in a sandy aquifer using electrical resistivity tomography: a feasibility study
Hermans, Thomas ULg; Vandenbohede, Alexander; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg et al

Poster (2010, May 06)

Geothermal resources, especially groundwater resources, are increasingly used around the world. It is therefore necessary to improve the characterisation of thermal parameters of the aquifers. This is ... [more ▼]

Geothermal resources, especially groundwater resources, are increasingly used around the world. It is therefore necessary to improve the characterisation of thermal parameters of the aquifers. This is done mostly with thermal response tests. In this work, we monitored with electrical resistivity tomography a geothermal test on the campus of Ghent University (Belgium). We injected warm water (45°C) into a sandy aquifer where the groundwater has a temperature of 10°C at a rate of 100 liter/hour during three days. Laboratory measurements indicated that we could expect at most a change of 2%/°C of the water electrical conductivity. The time-lapse series of electrical images show clearly the thermal plume corresponding to the injected water with a maximum change of minus 20% after 72 hours of injection. A comparison with a geothermal model shows that the anomaly is well detected but also distorded due to the inversion regularization (smoothness constraint). ERT enabled to follow the evolution of the injected heated water with more spatial coverage that traditionnal techniques. ERT is thus an interesting tool to monitor the exploitation of geothermal resources. In the future, it will be necessary to improve the inversion process to use quantitavely such results in a calibration process. [less ▲]

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See detailImage Appraisal Tools for Electrical Resistivity Tomography
Caterina, David ULg; Beaujean, Jean ULg; Robert, Tanguy ULg et al

Poster (2010, January 12)

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