Acta Mechanica Sinica

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 266–274 | Cite as

Mechanical properties of gas hydrate-bearing sediments during hydrate dissociation

  • X. H. Zhang
  • D. S. Luo
  • X. B. Lu
  • L. L. Liu
  • C. L. Liu
Research Paper


The changes in the mechanical properties of gas hydrate-bearing sediments (GHBS) induced by gas hydrate (GH) dissociation are essential to the evaluation of GH exploration and stratum instabilities. Previous studies present substantial mechanical data and constitutive models for GHBS at a given GH saturation under the non-dissociated condition. In this paper, GHBS was formed by the gas saturated method, GH was dissociated by depressurization until the GH saturation reached different dissociation degrees. The stress–strain curves were measured using triaxial tests at a same pore gas pressure and different confining pressures. The results show that the shear strength decreases progressively by 30%–90% of the initial value with GH dissociation, and the modulus decreases by 50% –75%. Simplified relationships for the modulus, cohesion, and internal friction angle with GH dissociated saturation were presented.


Gas hydrate-bearing sediments Dissociation Mechanical properties Shear strength Triaxial test 



The project was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants 41376078, 51639008, and 51239010) the China Geological Survey (Grant DD20160216), and the Youth Innovation Promotion Association of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant 2017027).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • X. H. Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  • D. S. Luo
    • 1
  • X. B. Lu
    • 1
    • 2
  • L. L. Liu
    • 3
    • 4
  • C. L. Liu
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of MechanicsChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.College of EngineeringUniversity of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Gas HydrateMinistry of Land and ResourcesQingdaoChina
  4. 4.Qingdao Institute of Marine GeologyQingdaoChina

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