Technical Paper: Stress Induced Seismic Velocity Anisotropy Study

Society: SEG
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Presentation Date: 2010

A method of calculating stress induced seismic velocity anisotropy is presented and studied. In a first step an effective stiffness tensor of a stressed rock is calculated using third order elasticity (TOE) theory. In a second step, anisotropic seismic P- and S-wave velocities are calculated from the effective stiffness tensor using Tsvankin’s notation, which is an extension of Thomsen’s weak anisotropy notation. This method is used to study anisotropic velocity changes due to changes in hydrostatic, uni-axial and tri-axial stress using stress-sensitivity (thirdorder) parameters given in the literature. The computations show, in agreement with experimental observations, that the strongest P-wave velocity increases are observed in the direction of the largest stress increase. For S-waves, the largest velocity increase is observed for S-waves polarized parallel to the direction of maximum stress-increase. Therefore, S-waves have the potential to be used as a tool to monitor horizontal stress changes.

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