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  Using neural networks to predict thermal conductivity from geophysical well logs

Type de publication:

Journal Article


Geophysical Journal International, Volume 166, Ticket 1, p.115-125 (2006)



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Heat-flow; physical-properties; sedimentary-basins; rocks-; permeability-; field-


<p>We present a new approach, based on neural networks, to predict the thermal conductivity of sedimentary rocks from a set of geophysical well logs. This method is calibrated on Ocean Drilling Program ( ODP) data, which provide several thousands of conductivity measurements combined with five geophysical well logs ( sonic, density, neutron porosity, resistivity and gamma ray). This data set is used to train multilayer perceptrons ( MLP) and to find an empirical relationship between well logs( MLP inputs) and thermal conductivity( MLP output). Validation tests suggest that MLP provide better estimates of thermal conductivity ( within similar to 15 per cent confidence level) than classical linear models, and still give satisfying results with sets of only four well logs if neutron porosity is included. In two ODP sites ( 863B and 1109D), MLP's predictions are compared to conventional 'mixing' methods. Although this latter technique gives reliable results provided that rocks description is precise enough, the MLP is more straightforward, does not need any extra parameter and makes predictions in good agreement with the experimental trends. This method will be useful in the estimation of heat flow from data acquired in scientific and industrial boreholes.</p>


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