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Seismic Attenuation Mechanisms in Fractured Fluid Saturated Media – Numerical and Field ExamplesNormal access

Authors: E. Caspari, N.D. Barbosa, M. Novikov, V. Lisitsa, J. Hunziker, B. Quintal, G. Rubino and K. Holliger
Event name: 81st EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2019 Workshop Programme
Session: WS01 Attenuation: Challenges in Modelling and Imaging at the Exploration Scale
Publication date: 03 June 2019
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201901908
Organisations: EAGE
Language: English
Info: Extended abstract, PDF ( 567Kb )
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A number of different mechanisms can cause attenuation of propagating seismic waves in a fractured fluid-saturated porous medium, notably geometrical spreading, displacement of pore fluid relative to the solid frame, and transmission losses and scattering. In this study, we examine these attenuation mechanisms using numerical forward simulations and a field example. The numerical methods include a quasi-static upscaling approach and wave propagation simulations. They are based on Biot’s equations of poroelasticity and, hence, fractures are modeled as soft, highly porous and permeable features. The field examples include full-waveform sonic data from the Grimsel Test Site underground laboratory situated in a granodioritic rock mass, which exhibits both brittle and ductile deformation structures at various scales.

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