HYDRATEST-Gas hydrates triaxial compression system


The servo-controlled HYDRATEST system carries out triaxial tests on methane hydrate-bearing-sediments (MHBS) at low temperature (below freezing) and high pressure conditions to study mechanical properties of MHBS at various methane hydrate (MH) saturation levels. Mechanical properties of MHBS can be expressed as a function of temperature, pore pressure, confining pressure and hydrate saturation. Young’s modulus, cohesion and internal friction angle of hydrates-bearing sediments synthesized in a laboratory are determined using triaxial tests. The system uses a hydraulic compression frame that applies axial loads up to 100 kN on the specimen. The latter is servo-controlled and uses the in-vessel load cell and strain sensors to control the load applied onto the sample. Triaxial stresses are imposed by applying a circumferential confining pressure, in tandem with an axial load. Two dedicated syringe pumps are independently employed to inject methane and water at controlled pressure in the specimen. A temperature control jacket connected to an external bath is utilized to cool, heat and maintain a homogeneous, isothermal temperature profile in the specimen.

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Manufacturer: Floxlab
Core Diameter: 50 mm (other upon request)
Core Length : twice the diameter
Working temperature : -10 to +60 ° C
Max axial stress : 100 KN
Max confining pressure : 70 Mpa
Max gas pressure : 70 Mpa
Max water pressure : 70 Mpa
Material: Stainless steel
Power supply: 220VAC, 50/60Hz 


* Designed for mimic hydrate behaviour in hydrate sediment specimens under temperature and triaxial test conditions
* Automated tests with pre-programed stress and strain path
* Delivers unparalleled accuracy and reliability