Mechanoelectrical transformations take place in rocks at different scale of saturation with mechanical energy. Nonlinearity of such transformations at high energy saturation (failure) is a subject of extensive investigation. At low energy saturation (elastic waves), these transformations reduce to linear seismoelectrical phenomena in porous media saturated with fluids. However, features of real geophysical environment and the experimental data are reflective of potential nonlinearity. Application of the Onsager theory to explanation of seismoelectrical phenomena usually neglects influences exerted by temperature gradients, concentration of dissolved substances and inverse effect of secondary electric field on elastic field. The latter can bring apparent violation of linear laws connecting electric (Ohm’s law) and elastic (Hooke’s law) values. Presence of discontinuities at all scales in a medium means, according to Academician Sadovsky, existence of fast secondary electromagnetic waves. Furthermore, in case that small size pores comparable with the thickness of diffusion part of double electric layer exist, it is possible that the electric field component appear along the normal to its surface. The combination harmonics and parametric resonance as nonlinear phenomena are explain using a model of a pore partly filled with fluid. In this case, it is possible to modulate electric parameters by elastic disturbance. Conditions of observation of the related nonlinearity are determined. Three criteria of nonlinearity are formulated in terms of experimentally found parameters: amplitude nonlinearity, additive nonlinearity and Ohm’s law violation. The governing parameters, types of generating signals and respective nonlinearity events are defined.

For citation: Kaznacheev P. A., Kamshilin A. N. Nonlinear mechanoelectrical transformations in porous media: theoretical background. MIAB. Mining Inf. Anal. Bull. 2019;(7):83-103. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2019-07-0-83-103.

Acknowledgements: This study was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, Project No. 18-35-00698, and by the state assignment of Institute of Physics of the Earth, Russian Academy of Sciences, theme No. 0144-2014-0096.


Rocks, mechanoelectrical transformations, seismoelectrical effect, electromagnetic events in material media, porous medium nonlinearity.

Issue number: 7
Year: 2019
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 550.371.5 + 537.867 + 534-18 + 53.09
DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2019-07-0-83-103
Authors: Kaznacheev P. A., Kamshilin A. N.

About authors: P.A. Kaznacheev, Cand. Sci. (Eng.), Senior Researcher, e-mail:, Kamshilin, Cand. Sci. (Phys. Mathem.), Leading Researcher, Schmidt Institute of Physics of Earth of Russian Academy of Sciences, 123242, Moscow, Russia, Corresponding author: P.A. Kaznacheev, e-mail:


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