Interfacial energy effects and the evolution of pore size distributions during quartz precipitation in sandstone

@inproceedings{Emmanuel2010InterfacialEE,
  title={Interfacial energy effects and the evolution of pore size distributions during quartz precipitation in sandstone},
  author={Simon Emmanuel and Jay J. Ague and Olav Walderhaug},
  year={2010}
}
Pore size is usually thought to control the rate of crystal growth in porous geological media by determining the ratio of mineral surface area to fluid volume. However, theory suggests that in micron-scale to nanometer scale pores, interfacial energy (surface energy) effects can also become important. Interfacial energy typically increases the solubility of very small crystals growing in tiny pores, and when the fluid is close to equilibrium – as is often the case in geological systems… CONTINUE READING
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