Frequency dependence of seismic dissipation in saturated rocks

B. R. Tittmann, H. Nadler, V. A. Clark, L. A. Ahlberg, T. W. Spencer

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Measurements of the specific dissipation factor, Q−1, have been made in saturated rock as a function of effective pressure. The measurements were made at two different frequencies, one in the range of 100 to 250 Hz and the other in the range of 7 to 9 kHz, using the resonant bar method. In saturated rock, Q−1 is lower at the lower frequency, and the difference between the values of Q−1 measured at the high and low frequencies decreases as effective pressure increases. At effective pressures greater than 200 bars, the Q−1 of saturated Berea sandstone measured at 200 Hz approaches that of dry Berea sandstone measured at 7 kHz.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-38
Number of pages3
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1981

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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