Design parameters for borehole strain instrumentation


The response of a borehole strain meter to hydrostatic and shear deformations in an isotropic medium is calculated to facilitate optimum instrument design and produce instrument response factors for parameters typically encountered in installed instruments. Results for an empty borehole are first compared with results for an instrument in intimate contact with the surrounding rock. The effects of the grout used to install the instrument are then examined. Where possible, analytic forms for the response factors are given. Results for typical installations are then presented in graphical form for optimizing instrument design in an environment of known elastic parameters. Alternatively, the results may be applied in the measurement of unknown strain signals, to correct for instrument response or to provide in-situ estimates of the elastic properties of the environment by examination of observed strain response to known strain signals.

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Gladwin, M.T., Hart, R. Design parameters for borehole strain instrumentation. PAGEOPH 123, 59–80 (1985).

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Key words

  • Borehole strain
  • strain monitoring
  • shear stran
  • earthquake strain