Modeling and imaging of multiply generated and scattered tube waves due to multiple hydraulic fractures

Shohei Minato, Ranajit Ghose, Takeshi Tsuji, Michiharu Ikeda, Kozo Onishi

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    Although tube-wave generation and tube-wave scattering in VSP experiments are extensively used to detect and character- ize subsurface hydraulic fractures (i.e., open fractures and/or permeable layers), the majority of the earlier studies consider only single generation and single scattering (reflection and transmission) responses. We formulate a new integral equa- tion which represents total tube wavefield including multiple reflection, transmission and generation due to multiple frac- tures. The accurate prediction of the complex signatures of total tube wavefield is crucial for further characterizing the hy- draulic properties of highly-fractured areas, such as a fault- damaged zone. Deriving the integral equation further enables us to develop a new approach to imaging and characterizing hydraulic fractures. We numerically show that the proposed in- tegral equation can be used to predict the total tube wavefield. A spatial-focusing analysis is useful to identify the positions of the hydraulic fractures. We applied the developed theory to field VSP data obtained at a fault-damaged zone in the Median Tectonic Line, Shikoku, Japan. Our preliminary result shows evidence that tube waves are generated and scattered at open fractures and thin layers of the cataclasites at this field.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)682-687
    Number of pages6
    JournalSEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventSEG International Exposition and 86th Annual Meeting, SEG 2016 - Dallas, United States
    Duration: Oct 16 2011Oct 21 2011

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
    • Geophysics


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