Air permeability measurements of the unsaturated Bandelier Tuff near Los Alamos, New Mexico

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Authors:Kearl, P. M.; Zinkl, R. J.; Dexter, J. J.; Cronk, T.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
Oak Ridge Natl. Lab., Grand Junction, CO, United States
UNC Geotech, United States
Roy F. Weston, United States
Volume Title:Journal of Hydrology
Source:Journal of Hydrology, 117(1-4), p.225-240. Publisher: Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands. ISSN: 0022-1694
Publication Date:1990
Note:In English
Summary:Concerns regarding the movement of the contaminants, particularly in the vapor phase, prompted a site investigation. Part of that investigation included the determination of the permeability of the tuff. Three methods which measure the intrinsic permeability were used—air injection, vacuum testing, and laboratory testing of rock core samples. Dual packers were used to isolate specific zones for the air injection and vacuum tests. Comparison of the results shows that vacuum tests produce results which are in good agreement with the laboratory permeability for unfractured zones. Permeabilities measured with air injection tended to be as much as an order of magnitude higher than the other methods.—Modified journal abstract.
Subjects:Air; Bandelier Tuff; Cenozoic; Environmental geology; Gaseous phase; Igneous rocks; Permeability; Pleistocene; Pollution; Porous materials; Pyroclastics; Quaternary; Radioactive waste; Rock mechanics; Testing; Transport; Tuff; Unsaturated zone; Volcanic rocks; Waste disposal; Los Alamos County New Mexico; New Mexico; United States; Materials, properties; North-central New Mexico
Coordinates:N354500 N355700 W1061500 W1062600
Record ID:1990043671
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2018 American Geosciences Institute.
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