It is well known that acoustic wave propagation under pressure is very nonlinear and the elastic properties of rocks are hysteretic, which behavior is important for mechanical understanding of reservoirs during depletion. Pressure strongly influences the elastic parameters of rocks, thus wave velocities too. In this study longitudinal and transverse wave velocities measured in laboratory on sandstone samples under pressure are presented. The uniaxial loading of the samples was carried out by an automatic acoustic test system. Measurement data were processed by a joint inversion technique based on the developed petrophysical model which describes the relationship between acoustic P/S wave velocities and pressure for loading and unloading phases. After Birch we assume that the main factor determining the pressure dependence is the closure of pores. The advantage of the model is that it is not based on simple curve fitting, but gives physical explanation for the process with three-parameter exponential equations. The quality checked joint inversion results showed that the misfits between measured and calculated data are small, proving that the proposed petrophysical model can be applied well in practice.


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