Accession Number : ADA498437


Title :   Application of a New Grain-Based Reconstruction Algorithm to Microtomography Images for Quantitative Characterization and Flow Modeling


Descriptive Note : Conference paper


Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS MARINE GEOACOUSTICS DIV


Personal Author(s) : Thompson, Karsten E ; Willson, Clinton S ; White, Christopher D ; Nyman, Stephanie ; Bhattacharya, Janok P ; Reed, Allen H


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a498437.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 14


Abstract : X-ray computed microtomography (XMT) is used for high-resolution, nondestructive imaging and has been applied successfully to geologic media. Despite the potential of XMT to aid in formation evaluation, currently it is used mostly as a research tool. One factor preventing more widespread application of XMT technology is limited accessibility to microtomography beamlines. Another factor is that computational tools for quantitative image analysis have not kept pace with the imaging technology itself. In this paper, we present a new grain-based algorithm used for network generation. The algorithm differs from other approaches because it uses the granular structure of the material as a template for creating the pore network rather than operating on the voxel set directly. With this algorithm, several advantages emerge: the algorithm is significantly faster computationally, less dependent on image resolution, and the network structure is tied to the fundamental granular structure of the material. In this paper, we present extensive validation of the algorithm using computer-generated packings. These analyses provide guidance on issues such as accuracy and voxel resolution. The algorithm is applied to two sandstone samples taken from different facies of the Frontier Formation in Wyoming, USA, and imaged using synchrotron XMT. Morphologic and flow-modeling results are presented.


Descriptors :   *COMPUTER NETWORKS , *ALGORITHMS , QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS , SYMPOSIA , RESOLUTION , GEOLOGY , COMPUTER APPLICATIONS , FLOW , IMAGE PROCESSING , TEST AND EVALUATION , MODELS


Subject Categories : Numerical Mathematics
      Computer Systems


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE