Estimation of mechanical properties of rock using artificial intelligence

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Laura Viviana Galvis
César Augusto Ochoa
Henry Arguello Fuentes
Jenny Mabel Carvajal Jiménez
Zuly Himelda Calderón Carrillo


artificial intelligence, artificial neural network, genetic algorithm, petrophysical properties, mechanical properties.


This paper discusses how two artificial intelligence techniques were combined, neural networks and genetic algorithms for the development of a computational tool used for the estimation of mechanical properties such as tensile strength, uniaxial compressive strength and triaxial compressive strength in sandstones, from petrophysical properties using data from tests of Rock Mechanics Laboratory of the Colombian Petroleum Institute - Ecopetrol SA as training data, to improve the design of non-destructive testing with some degree of confidence and resulting in cost reduction.

PACS: 91.60.Ba, 91.60.Dc

MSC: 82C32


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