Linking static and dynamic mechanical properties for metamorphic rocks from Austria including their anisotropic effect

Nina Gegenhuber, Melanie Krueger

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The derivation of geomechanical properties from petrophysical/geophysical data is not only of great importance in the oil industry but also in mining, geothermal projects and tunnelling, for reduction of costs and to improve security. For the oil industry and geothermal sector, it is mainly important for drilling rate and the stability of the borehole and, as a result, the economic factor. A key issue is that geomechanical properties, which can support a better planning of a project, cannot be measured in the borehole or on the surface directly. In this study, the focus is put on anisotropic effects on the correlation between static and dynamic properties, which is neglected in most studies but important because values can vary extremely. Therefore, measurements in the geotechnical laboratory of compressional and shear wave velocity during uniaxial compression strength test were taken. Additionally, typical properties like bulk and grain density as well as porosity were determined too. Different samples (carbonate–silica schist, marble and phyllite) from the "Zentrum am Berg"-research tunnelling centre at the "Erzberg" in Austria were used. Shown are correlations between uniaxial compression strength and compressional wave velocity as well as for static and dynamic Young’s modulus including their anisotropic effect. The results are promising and provide an opportunity for further applications on log data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-546
Number of pages8
JournalActa Geophysica
Issue number2
Early online date20 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

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  • Anisotropy
  • Correlations
  • Dynamic Young’s modulus
  • Static Young’s modulus
  • Uniaxial compression strength

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