Regression analysis and ANN models to predict rock properties from sound levels produced during drilling

B. Rajesh Kumar, Harsha Vardhan, M. Govindaraj, G. S. Vijay

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This study aims to predict rock properties using soft computing techniques such as multiple regression, artificial neural network (MLP and RBF) models, taking drill bit speed, penetration rate, drill bit diameter and equivalent sound level produced during drilling as the input parameters. A database of 448 cases were tested for determination of uniaxial compressive strength (UCS), Schmidt rebound number (SRN), dry density (ρ), P-wave velocity (Vp), tensile strength (TS), modulus of elasticity (E) and percentage porosity (n) and the prediction capabilities of the models were then analyzed. Results from the analysis demonstrate that neural network approach is efficient when compared to statistical analysis in predicting rock properties from the sound level produced during drilling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-72
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 01-02-2013


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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