Experimentally-derived machanecial and flow properties of mudstones Conference Paper uri icon


  • We developed a systematic approach to predict mudstone compressibility and permeability as a function of composition. We prepared mixtures of natural Boston Blue Clay BBC and synthetic silt in four different proportions and resedimented these mixtures. From uniaxial consolidation tests we show that compressibility and permeability vary systematically with silt fraction. Compressibility linearly decreases with increasing silt fraction whereas permeability exponentially increases with increasing silt fraction. Normalizing the flow behavior by using effective void ratio allows the ability to predict permeability if porosity and composition are known.

published proceedings

  • EAGE Shale Workshop 2010: Shale - Resource and Challenge

author list (cited authors)

  • Schneider, J., Peets, C. S., Flemings, P. B., Day-Stirrat, R. J., & Germaine, J. T.

complete list of authors

  • Schneider, J||Peets, CS||Flemings, PB||Day-Stirrat, RJ||Germaine, JT

publication date

  • January 2010