Acta Geophysica

, Volume 64, Issue 1, pp 76–100 | Cite as

Shear Wave Splitting Analysis to Estimate Fracture Orientation and Frequency Dependent Anisotropy

  • Raoof Gholami
  • Ali Moradzadeh
  • Vamegh Rasouli
  • Javid Hanachi
Open Access


Shear wave splitting is a well-known method for indication of orientation, radius, and length of fractures in subsurface layers. In this paper, a three component near offset VSP data acquired from a fractured sandstone reservoir in southern part of Iran was used to analyse shear wave splitting and frequency-dependent anisotropy assessment. Polarization angle obtained by performing rotation on radial and transverse components of VSP data was used to determine the direction of polarization of fast shear wave which corresponds to direction of fractures. It was shown that correct implementation of shear wave splitting analysis can be used for determination of fracture direction. During frequencydependent anisotropy analysis, it was found that the time delays in shearwaves decrease as the frequency increases. It was clearly demonstrated throughout this study that anisotropy may have an inverse relationship with frequency. The analysis presented in this paper complements the studied conducted by other researchers in this field of research.


shear wave splitting Vertical Seismic Profile fracture frequency dependent anisotropy southern part of Iran 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raoof Gholami
    • 1
  • Ali Moradzadeh
    • 1
    • 2
  • Vamegh Rasouli
    • 3
  • Javid Hanachi
    • 4
  1. 1.Curtin UniversityDepartment of Chemical and Petroleum EngineeringSarawakMalaysia
  2. 2.Department of Mining, Petroleum and GeophysicsShahrood University of TechnologyShahroodIran
  3. 3.Department of Petroleum EngineeringUniversity of North DakotaGrand ForksUSA
  4. 4.Petroleum GeologyIran

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