Permeability, anisotropy and tortuosity measurements of pumices using X-ray computed microtomography
X-ray computed microtomography (μCT) has become a widely-applied technique to obtain density maps of heterogeneous media; it allows gathering non-destructively qualitative observations as well as quantitative information on the 3D geometries of multi-phase samples. In this study, we obtained 3D images of different pumice types found in the rhyolitic Kos Plateau Tuff (KPT) deposits (160 ky, South Aegean Arc, Greece), and combined anisotropy and (geometrical) tortuosity measurements of these scans with permeability data to gain insights into the development of pathways through magmatic foam and how it affects syn-eruptive degassing. The rhyolitic KPT pumices are particularly prone to textural analysis because (1) the deposits are non-welded, (2) the high viscosity of the magma helped preserving information on the state of the magmatic foam in the conduit immediately prior to fragmentation (i.e., disruption of magma into pyroclastic fragments) and (3) pumices display variable macroscopic textures including tubular and near-spherical networks of bubbles. The stacks of grey-scale μCT images were cropped and segmented to obtain 3D binary volumes. These volumes were submitted to anisotropy and tortuosity measurements using existing softwares. Results suggest a significantly more convoluted path through the spherical bubble networks than the tubular bubble networks. To complement this geometrical characterisation of pumices, permeability values on the same binary volumes will be acquired using two numerical codes (one is based on a Finite Difference scheme, the other using the Lattice Boltzmann technique).
AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts
- Pub Date:
- December 2007
- 8428 Explosive volcanism;
- 8430 Volcanic gases;
- 8494 Instruments and techniques