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Fixed loop source EM modelling results using 2D finite elementsNormal access

Author: Pierre Valla
Journal name: Geophysical Prospecting
Issue: Vol 40, No 8, November 1992 pp. 885 - 907
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2478.1992.tb00558.x
Organisations: Wiley
Language: English
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Among electromagnetic sounding techniques, the Mélos method possesses the specific feature of including an apparent resistivity computation. This acts as a normalizing scheme so that 2D modelling results can be obtained without accounting for a true 3D source. However, in order to get reliable numerical modelling results for a 2D magnetic dipole source, improved algorithms are required in order to apply the standard finite-element technique: quadratic basis functions must be used in place of linear basis functions, and a more sophisticated method than conventional ones is necessary for properly solving the resulting system of linear equations.

Such modelling results have been used to study theoretical responses for the Mélos method in the search for conductive bodies in mineral exploration. Two sets of models are presented and discussed. They show that the typical Mélos response to a conductive target is a bipolar anomaly on the apparent resistivity pseudo-section, with a conductive pole at low frequency which is centred above the target.

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