Geomechanical behaviour of gassy soils and implications for submarine slope stability - a literature analysis.

Kaminski, P. , Urlaub, Morelia , Grabe, J. and Berndt, Christian (2019) Geomechanical behaviour of gassy soils and implications for submarine slope stability - a literature analysis. In: Subaqueous Mass Movements and their Consequences: Advances in Process Understanding, Monitoring and Hazard. , ed. by Georgiopoulou, A.. Special Publications Geological Society London, 500 . Geological Society of London, London, ?. DOI 10.1144/SP500-2019-149.

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Abstract

Submarine slope failures pose a direct threat to seafloor installations and coastal communities. Here, we evaluate the influence of free gas on the soil’s shear strength and submarine slope failures in areas with gassy soils based on an extensive literature review. We identify two potential destabilization mechanisms: gas bubbles in the pore space lead to a reduced shear strength of the soil and/or gas induces excess pore pressures that consequently reduce the effective stress in the soil. Our evaluation of the reported mechanical and hydraulic behaviour of gassy sediments indicates that the unfavourable impact of entrapped gas on a soil’s shearing resistance is not sufficient to trigger large scale slope failures. Liquefaction failure due to high gas pressures is, however, a viable scenario in coarse-grained soils. Transferring the gas influence on the soil mechanical behaviour to constitutive models is identified as the most important prerequisite for a successful future analysis of slope stability.

Document Type: Book chapter
Keywords: gassy soil, marine gas, gas migration, slope stability, trigger mechanism
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB4 Dynamics of the Ocean Floor > FB4-GDY Marine Geodynamics
DOI etc.: 10.1144/SP500-2019-149
ISSN: 0305-8719
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2020 09:56
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 09:56
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/48616

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