Definition - What does Densification mean?

Densification is the process of increasing the density of something. It is also known as compaction. This is a physical process that occurs naturally whereby sediments are compacted and combined. This process reduces the pore space within rock formations because the grains are packed too close. Densification allows the sediments and grains to consolidate over time with pressure and heat that forms rocks and other resources.

Petropedia explains Densification

Rock formations are formed as a result of the Densification of soil and other sediments. This process takes many years to contribute to the formation of the rocks. Densification is also known as compaction, a term that is often used in geology as well as the oil and gas industry. During the Densification process, the soil along with other sediments gets accumulated and is cemented together. When these sediments get compacted with time and increasing pressure during the deposition phase, they end up forming the rock layers. Over the time, the rock layers get accumulated and this results in the Densification of the sediments and the rock formation. This process also reduces the pore fluids as well as the pore space between the grains.

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