Experimental and numerical studies on geomechanical behavior of various gas hydrate-bearing sediments in china

X. G. Xie, Yat Fai Leung, S. Uchida, J. S. Lu, D. L. Li, D. Q. Liang

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� 2016 Taylor & Francis Group, London. Gas hydrates exist in pores as a solid, bonding surrounding soil grains together and also densifying the host sediments. As a result, hydrate-bearing sediments exhibit stiffer, stronger and more dilatant behavior than hydrate-free sediments. This paper presents experimental and numerical studies to capture these features of the geomechanical behavior of hydrate-bearing sediments. The experimental data includes triaxial tests on reconstituted soils of South China Sea and synthetic samples of carbon dioxide hydrate-bearing soils, while the critical state-based soil constitutive model is calibrated using an optimization-based technique. The results show that the critical state-based model is capable of predicting shearing response of the hydrate-bearing sediments under different confining stresses, drainage conditions and degrees of hydrate saturation. It is also found that the influence of gas hydrates manifests itself mainly through enlargement of the initial yield surface. The corresponding model parameters are presented for the host sediments in China, which can be adopted for the simulation of future gas exploration and gas production in China.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnergy Geotechnics - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Energy Geotechnics, ICEGT 2016
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781138032996
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Event1st International Conference on Energy Geotechnics, ICEGT 2016 - Kiel, Germany
Duration: 29 Aug 201631 Aug 2016


Conference1st International Conference on Energy Geotechnics, ICEGT 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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