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System and method for sonic wave measurements using an acoustic beam source

United States Patent

9,103,944
August 11, 2015
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A method and system for investigating structure near a borehole are described herein. The method includes generating an acoustic beam by an acoustic source; directing at one or more azimuthal angles the acoustic beam towards a selected location in a vicinity of a borehole; receiving at one or more receivers an acoustic signal, the acoustic signal originating from a reflection or a refraction of the acoustic wave by a material at the selected location; and analyzing the received acoustic signal to characterize features of the material around the borehole.
Vu; Cung Khac (Houston, TX), Sinha; Dipen N. (Los Alamos, NM), Pantea; Cristian (Los Alamos, NM)
LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL SECURITY, LLC (Los Alamos, NM), CHEVRON U.S.A. INC. (San Ramon, CA)
13/ 836,611
20140056101
March 15, 2013
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) Contract Number DE-AC52-06NA25396 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government may have certain rights in this invention.