Gas hydrate dissociation will reduce the stability of the submarine slope, which has been increasingly considered as a potential geohazard. In this study, a conventional geotechnical model is used to simulate gas hydrate dissociation while the thermal and geochemical effects are considered by reducing geotechnical strength parameters (c-φ) and stiffness (E). The stability analysis of submarine slope due to gas hydrate dissociation is carried out using the large displacement finite element model – RITSS (Remeshing and Interpolating Technique with Small Strain model). The strength and stiffness parameters of gas hydrates are reduced gradually after each remesh according to the strength-dissociation relationship. The large displacement analysis procedure considering dissociation is given and the effects of the thickness of the top normal soil layer on slope stability is discussed.

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