Influence of gas hydrate morphology on the seismic velocities of sands
Priest, Jeffrey A., Rees, Emily V. and Clayton, Christopher R. I. (2009) Influence of gas hydrate morphology on the seismic velocities of sands. Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, (B11205), B11205-[13pp]. (doi:10.1029/2009JB006284).
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This paper reports the results of a series of resonant column tests on specimens where gas hydrate has been formed in sands using an “excess water” technique. In these specimens the amount of hydrate formed is restricted by the amount of gas in the specimen and with an excess of water being present in the pore space. Results of resonant column tests carried out to determine compressional and shear wave velocities suggest that gas hydrate formed in this way are frame supporting. In contrast, the behavior observed in sands where the hydrate is formed from finite water where the remaining pore space is saturated with methane gas, termed in this paper the “excess gas” method, exhibits a cementing behavior, while tetrahydrofuran-hydrate sands or where the hydrate is formed from dissolved methane within the pore water, exhibit a pore-filling behavior for hydrate saturations less than 40%. For sands where the hydrate is formed using the excess water method, much larger volumes of hydrate are required before a significant increase in shear wave velocity occurs, although increases in compressional wave velocity are seen at lower hydrate contents. These results suggest that hydrate interaction with the sediment is strongly dependent on morphology, and that natural hydrate may exhibit contrasting seismic signatures depending upon the geological environment in which it forms.
|Keywords:||gas hydrate, seismic velocities, resonant column tests|
|Subjects:||T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Q Science > QE Geology
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
|Date Deposited:||11 Mar 2010|
|Last Modified:||23 Jul 2012 01:08|
|Contributors:||Priest, Jeffrey A. (Author)
Rees, Emily V. (Author)
Clayton, Christopher R. I. (Author)
|Date:||26 November 2009|
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