E3S Web Conf.
Volume 205, 20202nd International Conference on Energy Geotechnics (ICEGT 2020)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Minisymposium: Low Carbon Geotechnical Engineering (organized by Alessandro Tarantino, Enrique Romero, and Alessio Ferrari)|
|Published online||18 November 2020|
On the potential of gassy marine soils triggering submarine slope instabilities
Hamburg University of Technology, Institute of Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Management Harburger Schlossstrasse 20, 21079 Hamburg, Germany
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The development of debris flows and turbidity currents in the course of a submarine slope failure event can cause major damage in offshore infrastructure. Additionally, the tsunamogenic potential of large slope failures at continental margins poses a direct threat to coastal communities. Therefore, the trigger mechanisms of submarine slope failures have been thoroughly investigated in the past. However, the influence of free gas in the sediment, which has been observed close to several slide events, remains unexplained. In order to evaluate the potential of gassy marine soils to precondition or trigger slope failure the mechanical behaviour of gassy soils is assessed based on an extensive literature review. It is found that gas-induced excess pore pressures can lead to liquefaction failure in sands, while cohesive, gassy soils show a less conclusive response. Hence, fine-grained soils and approaches to implement the gas impact into relevant existing constitutive soil models are assessed in greater detail. Concludingly, based on the predominant boundary conditions in failure prone regions at the continental margins, free gas occurrence can be defined as a preconditioning factor rather than as a definite trigger mechanism.
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