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Parameter Estimation of Previous HitVelocityNext Hit Function in Unconsolidated Sand Via Semblance Previous HitVelocityNext Hit Analysis

Abdullatif A. Al-Shuhail* and Abdulrahman A. Al-Shuhail
KFUPM, Saudi Arabia
*[email protected]

Previous theoretical and field studies suggest the existence of continuous Previous HitvelocityNext Hit-Previous HitdepthNext Hit Previous HitfunctionsNext Hit in unconsolidated sand layers. One such function is V(z) = V0 √(1+kz1/3), where V0 and k are the Previous HitvelocityNext Hit function parameters which depend strongly on the layer porosity (F) and water saturation (Sw), and to a lesser extent, on the properties of the sand matrix, pore water and air. To properly understand seismic wave propagation in an unconsolidated sand layer, it is important to know its Previous HitvelocityNext Hit-function parameters. This study proposes a procedure to estimate the Previous HitvelocityNext Hit-function parameters in unconsolidated sand layers. Previous HitVelocityNext Hit-function parameters are generally independent. However, it was possible to relate V0 and k of the above V(z) function because both parameters depended strongly on F and Sw. The relation   k(V0)=278 – 1.4x104/V0 + 4.9x105/V02     was found to fit k-V0 curves within 10% error for all F and Sw values lying within the ranges 0.1 < F < 0.65 and 0 < Sw < 0.9. Next, a table of V(z) Previous HitfunctionsNext Hit corresponding to these F and Sw ranges was generated Previous HitusingNext Hit F and Sw increments of 0.05. These V(z) Previous HitfunctionsNext Hit were then used to calculate the corresponding time-offset (T-X) curves of the direct wave in the layer. The calculated T-X curves were fit to the observed T-X curve Previous HitusingNext Hit the semblance Previous HitvelocityNext Hit method by scanning for the V0 value that generated the highest semblance value. The corresponding value of k was finally calculated Previous HitusingTop the above k(V0) relation. The procedure was successfully applied to a synthetic T-X dataset.


AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90077©2008 GEO 2008 Middle East Conference and Exhibition, Manama, Bahrain