Energies 2012, 5(10), 4057-4075; doi:10.3390/en5104057
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A Nonlinear Elastic Model for Triaxial Compressive Properties of Artificial Methane-Hydrate-Bearing Sediment Samples

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Received: 28 June 2012; in revised form: 1 October 2012 / Accepted: 16 October 2012 / Published: 19 October 2012
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Abstract: A constitutive model for marine sediments containing natural gas hydrate is essential for the simulation of the geomechanical response to gas extraction from a gas-hydrate reservoir. In this study, the triaxial compressive properties of artificial methane-hydrate-bearing sediment samples reported in an earlier work were analyzed to examine the applicability of a nonlinear elastic constitutive model based on the Duncan-Chang model. The presented model considered the dependences of the mechanical properties on methane hydrate saturation and effective confining pressure. Some parameters were decided depending on the type of sand forming a specimen. The behaviors of lateral strain versus axial strain were also formulated as a function of effective confining pressure. The constitutive model presented in this study will provide a basis for an elastic analysis of the geomechanical behaviors of the gas-hydrate reservoir in the future study, although it is currently available to a limited extent.
Keywords: methane hydrate; triaxial compressive property; stress-strain relationship; constitutive model; Duncan–Chang model
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Miyazaki, K.; Tenma, N.; Aoki, K.; Yamaguchi, T. A Nonlinear Elastic Model for Triaxial Compressive Properties of Artificial Methane-Hydrate-Bearing Sediment Samples. Energies 2012, 5, 4057-4075.

AMA Style

Miyazaki K, Tenma N, Aoki K, Yamaguchi T. A Nonlinear Elastic Model for Triaxial Compressive Properties of Artificial Methane-Hydrate-Bearing Sediment Samples. Energies. 2012; 5(10):4057-4075.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Miyazaki, Kuniyuki; Tenma, Norio; Aoki, Kazuo; Yamaguchi, Tsutomu. 2012. "A Nonlinear Elastic Model for Triaxial Compressive Properties of Artificial Methane-Hydrate-Bearing Sediment Samples." Energies 5, no. 10: 4057-4075.


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