Low-frequency on-site identification of a highly conductive body buried in Earth from a model ellipsoid

Abstract : Identification of a highly conductive orebody buried in Earth using an equivalent, perfectly conducting, triaxial model ellipsoid is investigated. The real data available (three-component magnetic fields collected along a borehole due to a single-frequency current loop at the Earth surface) are simulated via a low frequency, closed-form power series expansion of the electromagnetic fields scattered off an equivalent ellipsoid within a homogeneous, conductive medium, the source itself being idealized as a vertical magnetic dipole nearby. The approach provides formulations amenable to fast yet accurate computations, most of the work being in the construction of the formulations themselves, not in the numerical computations. The inversion scheme is described, which sees the iterative minimization of the least-square discrepancy between the fields due to a given ellipsoid and the data available. Unknowns are semi-axis lengths, angular orientations and coordinates of its centre. Numerical simulations illustrate the approach, before considering experimental single-well log data in a surface-to-borehole configuration at a mining site.
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Gaële Perrusson, Panayiotis Vafeas, I. K. Chatjigeorgiou, Dominique Lesselier. Low-frequency on-site identification of a highly conductive body buried in Earth from a model ellipsoid. IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2015, 80 (4), pp.963-980. ⟨10.1093/imamat/hxu030⟩. ⟨hal-01102958⟩

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