David Dominic (Committee Member), Mark Goltz (Committee Member), Ramya Ramanathan (Committee Member), Robert Ritzi (Committee Chair)
Master of Science (MS)
Permeability, k, can be estimated using the Kozeny-Carman equation, given a grain-size distribution with any number of grain-size categories and the porosity of a sediment. A recursive method was developed to calculate the effective grain-size parameter, d, for sediment mixtures with more than three grain sizes. The method was tested on four sediment models of sand, gravelly sand, sandy gravel, and open-framework gravel created from grain-size distributions. The k estimated from the recursive method were consistent with physical measurements of k.
Department or Program
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Year Degree Awarded
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