Cylindrical samples of sand consolidated with tetrahydrofuran hydrate were tested for their compressive strength and creep behavior under uniaxial compression. The samples were 15 cm in length and 7.5 cm in diameter and were tested at -10 deg C. The results, when combined with our previous measurements on similar samples at -6 deg C, show that the material becomes stronger by about 10% with decrease in temperature; otherwise, the slopes of the peak stress-strain rate curves are the same. These results are similar to those of sand consolidated with ice, except that in the latter case the increase in strength over the same temperature range is about 30%. Furthermore, the slope of the peak stress-strain rate curve for the hydrate-consolidated sand is almost zero, whereas for the ice-consolidated sand it is quite steep. Consequently, at strain rates below 10 to the -5 power s to the -1 power the hydrate-consolidated sand is stronger, whereas at strain rates above this the ice-consolidated sand is the stronger material. Noticeable differences were also observed in the creep behavior of the hydrate- and ice-consolidated sands. At -10 deg C, ice-consolidated sand failed in about 15 h under a stress of about 7 MPa, whereas hydrate-consolidated sand failed after 52.3 h under a stress of 12.2 MPa and some samples did not fail even after 540 h when subjected to a stress of 9.3 MPa.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Research Council of Canada

    Research Journals
    Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6,   Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Cameron, I
    • Handa, Y P
    • Baker, THW
  • Publication Date: 1990-4

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 255-258
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  • Accession Number: 00495642
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1990 12:00AM