Dynamic electrical-mechanical energy coupling in electrolyte-mineral systems

J. Carlos Santamarina*, Dante Fratta

*Corresponding author for this work

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Electrical-mechanical and mechanical-electrical coupling phenomena have been observed in geo-materials. Underlying internal phenomena are not always clear. In this paper, we identify potential microscale processes on the bases of previously published research; fundamental physical principles and analytical models are included. Second, we notice important inconsistencies between theoretically predicted values or high-frequency laboratory data with respect to low-frequency field observations. To explore these differences, we conduct a laboratory experimental study that simulates field conditions, placing emphasis on low frequency coupling, that is, less than 10 kHz. Both, mechanical-electrical and electrical-mechanical effects are observed. Finally, hypotheses are presented in an attempt to explain observed differences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-178
Number of pages26
JournalTransport in Porous Media
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Diffuse double layer
  • Electrical-mechanical coupling
  • Electro-seismic effects
  • Electrode polarization
  • Electrolyte
  • Electromagnetic waves
  • Energy coupling
  • Laboratory measurements
  • Mechanical waves
  • Mechanical-electrical coupling
  • Particulate media
  • Seismo-electric effects
  • Soils

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemical Engineering


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