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Experimental Research on the Mechanical Properties of Methane Hydrate-Ice Mixtures

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Author(s): Yanghui Li | Yongchen Song | Weiguo Liu | Feng Yu

Journal: Energies
ISSN 1996-1073

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 181;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: methane hydrate | mechanical properties | safe extraction

ABSTRACT
The mechanical properties of methane hydrate are important to the stability of borehole and methane extraction from a methane hydrate reservoir. In this study, a series of triaxial compression tests were carried out on laboratory-formed methane hydrate-ice mixtures with various methane hydrate contents. Axial loading was conducted at an axial strain rate of 1.33%/min and a constant temperature of −10 °C. The results indicate that: (1) the deformation behavior is strongly affected by confining pressure and methane hydrate content; (2) the failure strength significantly increases with confining pressure when confining pressure is less than 10 MPa, and decreases with methane hydrate content; (3) the cohesion decreases with methane hydrate content, while the internal friction angle increases with methane hydrate content; (4) the strength of ice specimens are higher than that of methane hydrate-ice mixture specimens; Based on the experimental data, the relationship among failure strength, confining pressure and methane hydrate content was obtained, and a modified Mohr-Coulomb criterion considering the influence of methane hydrate content on shear strength was proposed.
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