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### Low-frequency limit of

The fluid pressure and confining pressure in the grains can again be developed as asymptotic series in [as in equations (60)-(61)]. The zero-order response corresponds to the static limit in which the fluid pressure is everywhere the same and given by with Bo = -(a12+a13)/(a22 + 2 a23 + a33) and with the aij as given by equations (90)-(95). The detailed result for Bo can be expressed
 (98)
which reduces to the standard Gassmann expression given in the appendix (with a total porosity given by ) when B2 and are themselves given by the Gassmann expressions. In this same zero-order limit, the undrained bulk modulus is defined as 1/Kou = a11 + (a12 + a13) Bo which also reduces to the standard Gassmann expression when B2 and are themselves given by Gassmann expressions.

The leading-order in correction to uniform fluid pressure is thus governed by the problem
 (99) (100) (101)
Here, pc2(0) is the local confining pressure in the grain space in the static limit that can be written . The average static confining pressure throughout the grains is determined from equation (84) with and to yield
 (102)
The deviations thus volume integrate to zero and are formally defined
 (103)
The local perturbations are thus highly sensitive to the detailed nature of the grain packing and grain geometry. Fortunately, these perturbations do not play an important role in the theory.

The fluid pressure in the grains is now written in the scaled form
 (104)
where the potential is independent of and is a solution of the elliptic problem
 (105) (106) (107)
To leading-order in , an average of equation (104) gives
 (108) (109)
where the squared length L22 is defined
 (110)
with overlines denoting volume averages over the grain space and with the potential defined as the solution of
 (111) (112) (113)
Although it is not generally true that for all grain geometries, we nonetheless expect this integral to be small because is a smooth function and . The local perturbations in the static confining pressure require a solution of the static displacements throughout the entire grain space--a daunting numerical task. Whenever the length L2 needs to be estimated, such as in the numerical results that follow, our approach is to simply use the reasonable approximation that .

Last, from the definition of the internal transfer we have that to leading order in
 (114) (115) (116)
The normal in equation (114) is outward to phase 1 which accounts for the sign change in equation(115). Note as well that equation (115) is a volume average of equation (99) while equation (116) follows from equations (102) and (109). The desired limit is thus .

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