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Laboratory instrumentation to study changes of electrical conductivity of rocks with changes of frequency, temperature and pressureNormal access

Authors: G. Losito and G. Finzi-Contini
Journal name: Geophysical Prospecting
Issue: Vol 29, No 6, December 1981 pp. 923 - 931
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2478.1981.tb01035.x
Organisations: Wiley
Language: English
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A laboratory instrument was developed to investigate the electrical properties of rock samples with respect to changes of frequency, temperature and pressure. The instrument can be used to obtain general trends and typical values for geological media. It should be of particular interest in geothermal studies and research in the geophysical properties of rocks.

The design intervals for quantities under investigation were 20–300°C, 105-4 × 107 Pa and 5 × 10−4-103 Hz. Certain limitations exist on the simultaneous use of the highest values of temperature and pressure.

The main features of the instrument are: analog electrical outputs recorded by an x-y recorder or observed on a scope with an attached camera (according to the frequency range); pressures produced by an oil hydraulic system in order to ensure electrical insulation of the sample; temperatures obtained by placing the pressure vessel into a thermostatically controlled room. Thus the monitoring instrumentation is directly accessible during the experiment. Information is also given about calibration procedures and examples of rock sample data are given.

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