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ISRN Geophysics
Volume 2013, Article ID 496352, 8 pages
Research Article

Streaming Potential and Electroosmosis Measurements to Characterize Porous Materials

Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute, University of Amsterdam, 1098 XH Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Received 22 April 2013; Accepted 24 May 2013

Academic Editors: E. Liu, A. Streltsov, and A. Tzanis

Copyright © 2013 D. T. Luong and R. Sprik. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Characterizing the streaming potential and electroosmosis properties of porous media is essential in applying seismoelectric and electroseismic phenomena for oil exploration. Some parameters such as porosity, permeability, formation factor, pore size, the number of pores, and the zeta potential of the samples can be obtained from elementary measurements. We performed streaming potential and electro-osmosis measurements for 6 unconsolidated samples made of spherical polymer particles. To check the validity of the measurements, we also used alternative analysis to determine the average pore size of the samples and, moreover, used a sample made of sand particles to determine the zeta potential.