The lack of true cohesion in hydrate-bearing sands

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The mechanical behavior of hydrate-bearing sands is affected by the hydrate quantity, hydrate morphology in the pores, soil skeleton characteristics, stress confinement and more. It has been traditionally assumed that bonding exists between hydrate and sand particles, which affects the global sediment strength. However, this paper shows, extending previous work, that the mechanical effect of hydrate in the sediment has kinematic rather than cohesive nature, based on comparison of mechanical and visual evidences with cemented sand. The visual analysis includes comparison between micro-scale X-ray images of sand containing either hydrate or cement agent. The mechanical analysis includes examining drained triaxial test results of hydrate-bearing sands with cemented sand results, using investigation through stress-dilatancy theories. The paper concludes that all mentioned hydrate-related effects should be interpreted by their influence on the sediment kinematics, rather than on strength characteristics. For a given kinematic response of hydrate-bearing sand, it is shown that the full mechanical behavior can be described using a single friction parameter.

Original languageEnglish
Article number57
JournalGranular Matter
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Cemented sand
  • Cohesion
  • Hydrate-bearing sand
  • Stress-dilatancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science (all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Physics and Astronomy (all)


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