Developing a relationship between static Young’s modulus and seismic parameters
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Mechanical properties of petroleum reservoirs can be determined via static techniques based on laboratory triaxial tests under reservoir conditions. Dynamic approaches represent an alternative in cases where such static laboratory data are unavailable. Dynamic elastic properties are calculated using ultrasonic wave measurements in the laboratory or in situ well logging. Different relationships have been proposed to estimate static properties from dynamic ones based on the available data from a particular reservoir. However, these relationships are often reservoir-specific, making them inadequate for general seismic inversion purposes. This research proposes a method for developing relationships between seismic parameters and static Young’s modulus in carbonate reservoirs by integrating ultrasonic measurements, well logging data, and rock mechanic tests. A multistage triaxial test simulating the reservoir conditions was used to fully control the stress and strain during the geomechanical experiments. Static Young’s modulus was cross-correlated with a broad spectrum of seismic parameters that can be extracted from seismic inversion (e.g., acoustic impedance, shear impedance, Lambda–rho, and mu–rho). Separate analytic relationships were proposed to convert dynamic Young’s modulus and seismic parameters into static Young’s modulus. Analysis of variance was used to evaluate the results and study the applicability and reliability of the obtained relationships. Furthermore, the reliability of the obtained relationships was successfully confirmed by well logging data and blind well analysis. The proposed methodology can be used to predict rock behavior for geomechanical and structural modeling.