An integrated approach for estimating static Young’s modulus using artificial intelligence tools

  • Salaheldin ElkatatnyEmail author
  • Zeeshan Tariq
  • Mohamed Mahmoud
  • Abdulazeez Abdulraheem
  • Ibrahim Mohamed
Original Article


Elastic parameters play a key role in managing the drilling and production operations. Determination of the elastic parameters is very important to avoid the hazards associated with the drilling operations, well placement, wellbore instability, completion design and also to maximize the reservoir productivity. A continuous core sample is required to be able to obtain a complete profile of the elastic parameters through the required formation. This operation is time-consuming and extremely expensive. The scope of this paper is to build an advanced and accurate model to predict the static Young’s modulus using artificial intelligence techniques based on the wireline logs (bulk density, compressional time, and shear time). More than 600 measured core data points from different fields were used to build the AI models. The obtained results showed that ANN is the best AI technique for estimating the static Young’s modulus with high accuracy [R2 was 0.92 and the average absolute percentage error (AAPE) was 5.3%] as compared with ANFIS and SVM. For the first time, an empirical correlation based on the weights and biases of the optimized ANN model was developed to determine the static Young’s modulus. The developed correlation outperformed the published correlations for static Young’s modulus prediction. The developed correlation enhanced the accuracy of predicting the static Young’s modulus. (R2 was 0.96 and AAPE was 6.2%.) The developed empirical correlation can help geomechanical engineers determine the static Young’s modulus where laboratory core samples are not available.


Static Young’s modulus Artificial intelligence Artificial neural network Adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system Support vector machine Log data Core data 



Average absolute percentage error


Adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system


Artificial neural network


Correlation coefficient


Maximum absolute error


Root-mean-square error


Bulk density, g/cm3


Support vector machines

List of symbols


Bias between input and hidden layers of neural network


Bias between hidden and output layers of neural network


Young’s modulus, MPsi


Static Young’s modulus, MPsi


Dynamic Young’s modulus, MPsi


Maximum error between actual and predicted


Minimum error between actual and predicted


Total number of input parameters


Total number of neurons


Correlation coefficient


Coefficient of determination


Input parameters


Output variable


Weights vector between input and hidden layers of neural network


Weights vector between hidden and output layers of neural network

Subscripts and superscripts


Index for neurons


Index for number of input parameters


Normalized value


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Petroleum EngineeringKing Fahd University of Petroleum and MineralsDhahranSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Petroleum Engineering DepartmentCairo UniversityCairoEgypt
  3. 3.Petroleum Engineering DepartmentSuez UniversitySuezEgypt
  4. 4.Advantek International Corp.HoustonUSA

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