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Fault detection using transmission tomography - Evaluation on the Experimental Platform of Tournemire

​Élise Vi Nhu Ba has defended her thesis on 12th December 2014 in Paris.

Document type > *Mémoire/HDR/Thesis

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Research Unit > IRSN/DEI/SARG/BERSSIN

Authors > VI NHU BA Élise

Publication Date > 12/12/2015

Summary

Deep argillaceous formations have physical properties adapted to the radioactive waste disposal but their permeability properties can be modified by the presence of fractured zones; detection of these faulted zones are thus of primary importance. Several experiments have been led by IRSN in the Experimental Platform of Tournemire where faults with small vertical offsets in the deep argillaceous formation have been identified from underground installations. Some previous studies have shown the difficulty to detect this fractured zone from surface acquisitions using reflection or refraction seismic but also with electrical methods. We here propose a new seismic transmission acquisition geometry in where seismic sources are deployed at the surface and receivers are installed in the underground installations. In the scope to process these data, a new tomography algorithm has been developed in order to control the inversion parameters and also to introduce a priori information. Several synthetic tests have been led to reliably analyze the results in terms of resolution and relevance of the final image. A discontinuity of the seismic velocities in the limestones and argillites of the Tournemire Platform is evidenced for the first time by applying the algorithm to the data recently acquired. This low velocity anomaly is located just above the fracture zone visible from the underground installations and its location is also consistent with observations from the surface.


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