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## ABSTRACTA general analysis of poroelasticity for vertical transverse isotropy (VTI) shows that four eigenvectors are pure shear modes with no coupling to the pore-fluid mechanics. The remaining two eigenvectors are linear combinations of pure compression and uniaxial shear, both of which are coupled to the fluid mechanics. After reducing the problem to a system, the analysis shows in a relatively elementary fashion how a poroelastic system with isotropic solid elastic frame but with anisotropy introduced through the poroelastic coefficients interacts with the mechanics of the pore fluid and produces shear dependence on fluid properties in the overall poroelastic system. The analysis shows, for example, that this effect is always present (though sometimes small in magnitude) in the systems studied, and can be quite large (up to a definite maximum increase of 20 per cent) in some rocks - including Spirit River sandstone and Schuler-Cotton Valley sandstone. |

- INTRODUCTION
- FLUID-SATURATED POROELASTIC ROCKS
- RELATIONS FOR ANISOTROPY IN POROELASTIC MATERIALS
- Eigenvectors for Transverse Isotropy
- Examples and Discussion
- SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
- REFERENCES
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5/23/2004