Removable Borehole Extensometers for Measuring Axial Displacements During Well Tests

    Volume 30, Issue 3 (May 2007)

    ISSN: 0149-6115

    CODEN: GTJOAD

    Published Online: 1 October 2006

    Page Count: 10


    Schweisinger, T
    Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

    Murdoch, L
    Clemson University, Clemson, SC

    Huey, C
    Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

    (Received 31 March 2006; accepted 20 August 2006)

    Abstract

    Fractures in rock hold important stores of water and petroleum, and slight changes in fracture aperture accompanying drawdown from pumping wells play a key role in recovering these resources. Two removable borehole extensometers were designed to measure small displacements in order to improve the characterization of fractured rock aquifers using hydraulic well tests. The extensometers consist of four major components: (1) a pair of anchors, (2) a temperature-compensated reference rod, (3) a registration system, and (4) a displacement transducer. One extensometer uses an axial reference rod with multiple, low-profile anchors, whereas another uses an offset reference rod with a single pair of anchors. Both designs can be readily mobilized and are capable of resolving submicron displacements in boreholes.


    Paper ID: GTJ100576

    DOI: 10.1520/GTJ100576

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    Title Removable Borehole Extensometers for Measuring Axial Displacements During Well Tests
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    Committee D18