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Acoustic logging is a subset of borehole-geophysical acoustic techniques. Continuing developments in tool hardware and in interpretation techniques have expanded the utility of these logs in formation evaluation and completion (fracture) design and evaluation. A virtual explosion in the volume of acoustic research conducted over the past 20 years has resulted in significant advances in the fundamental understanding of downhole acoustic measurements. These advances, in turn, have greatly influenced practical logging technology by allowing logging-tool designs to be optimized for specific applications. Acoustic-wave data-acquisition methods cover a broad range of scales from millimeters to hundreds of meters (Figure 1).
This page provides an introduction to stress-strain relationships. They form the foundation for several rock properties such as elastic moduli (incompressibility), effective media theory, elastic wave velocity, and rock strength. Stress is the force per unit area. The metric units of stress or pressure are N/m2 or Pascals (Pa). Other units that are commonly used are bars, megapascals (MPa), and lbm/in.2 These are illustrated in Figure 1.
In an immobile porous medium, the Darcy velocity, vf, is taken relative to a fixed reference frame. This effect can be substantial in several circumstances. During early sand influx in viscous reservoirs (μ 5000 cp), sand content may approach 40 to 45% by volume of the gas-free produced material. The reservoir is mined almost hydraulically, and sand flux is largely responsible for the flow enhancement. However, sand flux diminishes with time, and this effect gradually becomes less important.
This article discusses estimation of stresses encountered during drilling that could cause fracturing or formation damage in the near wellbore area. Ballooning is a process that occurs when wells are drilled with equivalent static mud weights close to the leakoff pressure. It occurs because during drilling, the dynamic mud weight exceeds the leakoff pressure, leading to near-wellbore fracturing and seepage loss of small volumes of drilling fluid while the pumps are on. When the pumps are turned off, the pressure drops below the leakoff pressure, and the fluid is returned to the well as the fractures close. This process has been called "breathing" or "ballooning" because it looks like the well is expanding while circulating, and contracting once the pumps are turned off.
One example of analysis using a trend line is the equivalent depth method illustrated in Figure 1. This method first assumes that there is a depth section over which the pore pressure is hydrostatic, and the sediments are normally compacted because of the systematic increase in effective stress with depth. When the log of a measured value is plotted as a function of depth, NCTs can be displayed as straight lines fitted to the data over the normally compacted interval. The normal compaction trend (NCT) is a straight line in log-linear space that has been fitted to the decrease in slowness as a function of depth where sediments are normally compacting. The effective stress at depth Z is equal to the effective stress at depth A, and thus, the pore pressure at depth Z is simply Pz Pa (Sz–Sa).
You must log in to edit PetroWiki. Content of PetroWiki is intended for personal use only and to supplement, not replace, engineering judgment. SPE disclaims any and all liability for your use of such content. A reservoir capable of holding fluids created by decreases in porosity, permeability or disappearance of the reservoir.
In most exploration and reservoir seismic surveys, the main objectives are, first, to correctly image the structure in time and depth and, second, to correctly characterize the amplitudes of the reflections. Assuming that the amplitudes are accurately rendered, a host of additional features can be derived and used in interpretation. Collectively, these features are referred to as seismic attributes. The simplest attribute, and the one most widely used, is seismic amplitude, and it is usually reported as the maximum (positive or negative) amplitude value at each sample along a horizon picked from a 3D volume. It is fortunate that, in many cases, the amplitude of reflection corresponds directly to the porosity or to the saturation of the underlying formation.
An understanding of statistical concepts is important to many aspects of petroleum engineering, but especially reservoir modeling and simulation. The discussion below focuses on a range of statistical concepts that engineers may find valuable to understand. The focus here is classical statistics, but differences in the application for geostatistics are included. A quantitative approach requires more than a headlong rush into the data, armed with a computer. Because conclusions from a quantitative study are based at least in part on inferences drawn from measurements, the geoscientist and reservoir engineer must be aware of the nature of the measurement systems with which the data are collected. Each of these scales is more rigorously defined than the one before it. The nominal and ordinal scales classify observations into exclusive categories.