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International Society for Industrial Process Tomography

1st World Congress on Industrial Process Tomography

Complex Resistivity Tomography for Environmental Applications

Abelardo Ramirez#, William Daily#, Andrew Binley## & Douglas LaBrecque###

#Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 94550, USA

##Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YQ, UK

##Steamtech, Inc., Bakersfield, CA, USA

Abstract - Complex resistivity may provide valuable information about the structural and hydraulic nature of porous media and fluids contained within those media. The environmental value of such a property is obvious. To date most environmental applications of complex resistivity have focussed on relatively crude data analysis methods and restrictive electrode configurations. New tomographic methods are becoming available that will allow complex resistivity to be employed with arbitrary electrode arrangements. Laboratory trials of our extensions of electrical resistivity tomography to a complex form are reported. The inversion procedure is presented and demonstrated for a range of targets, with resistive and reactive characteristics. The approach is shown to provide useful magnitude and phase images, giving spectral information about the region of interest. The usefulness of imaging resistivity phase is evident when compared with more conventional resistivity tomography, in particular when examined over a range of input frequencies.

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