Active & Completed Projects

Active Research Projects 

The list of active SMRI research projects, all funded by membership dues

U2017-5 “Companion Report on McGill University’s Phase I through III Research Results on Hanging String Dynamics” (Ratigan Engineering & Consulting, ‘RE&C’).  

 RFP2017-01 “Standard Salt Collection & Distribution” – RESPEC

 U2018-2 “Cost Share Proposal for a Field Test to Advance Understanding of Flow-Induced Deformation in a Cavern Brine Hanging String” – Project team: Dr. Andreas Reitze (SOCON),

 U2017-3 “Hanging strings dynamics - Phase IV” McGill University, costs will be shared with PRCI 

U2017-1 Thermal Properties of Damaged Salt, RESPEC and subcontractor TUC

U2017-2 Very Slow Creep tests phase 2 Ecole Polytechnique

Update to RR2017-2 Past caverns Incidents Database, Ecole polytechnique

RFP 2017-2 Update SMRI's Correlation of Chemical, Mineralogic, and Physical Characteristics to Salt Deformation and Strength, RESPEC.


 Recently Completed Research Projects

 Listed are SMRI research projects completed in recent years, with research report (RR) file numbers shown, all reports are in the library for logged in members. The Executive and Research Committees have decided to include a public summary of some recent projects, useful for both members and the public. Each project was funded by membership dues, newest research is listed first: 

  • RR2018-1 (U2014-2) “Hanging Strings Dynamics – Phase III” – McGill University, Montreal, Canada, (cost share with PRCI)
  • RR2017-5 (U2015-2) “Update SMRI’s Compilations of Salt Deposits & Cavern Fields” - In September 2015 KBB-UT
  • (1) RFP 2013-1 “Safe distance of caverns to a domal boundary”, by DEEP Underground Engineering GmbH, completion anticipated in 2017.

  • (2) U2013-1 “Very slow creep tests to verify cavern creep rate”, by Ecole Polytechnique (via FX-Conseil) & sub-contractors.

  • (3) U2014-1 “HFCSSC Phase IIC – Cyclic thermal loading creep tests” by RESPEC & sub-contractors.

  • (5) U2015-2 “Update of SMRI’s compilations of salt deposits and cavern fields” by KBB-UT & sub-contractors,.

    (6) RFP2015-1 “Database for past cavern incidents, phase I” by GEOSTOCK & sub-contractors

  • RR2016-1 “Perform a Thermo-mechanical Test in a Salt Mine, as part of SMRI’s Research Program on High Frequency Cycling of Salt Storage Caverns", HFCSSC Phase III, by Storengy & subcontractors,  December 2016, (COMING SOON, FREE SUMMARY). 
  • RR 2015-02  "Cavern abandonment field tests in deep caverns - Phase II", by Enterprise Products, CLICK FOR FREE SUMMARY, February 2016 final edits)  
  • RR 2015-1  "Renewable energy storage in salt caverns - A Comparison of Thermodynamics and Permeability between Natural Gas, Air and Hydrogen"  by ESK-RWE, CLICK FOR FREE SUMMARY, July 2015                                                                                                                                                     
  • RR 2014-1 "Hanging String Dynamics - Phase II" by McGill University, CLICK FOR FREE SUMMARY, November 2014
  • RR 2013-2 “High frequency cavern cycling research program, Phase II B – Extensional cyclic fatigue testing of salt”  by Respec, USA, October 2013 

  • RR2013-1 “Analysis of Moss Bluff cavern #1 blowout data”, Brouard Consulting, France, September 2013 

  • RR 2012-3 “Common Practices – Gas Cavern site characterization, design, construction, and operation” by Sabine Storage & Operations, USA, October 2013 
  • RR2012-2 “High Frequency cavern cycling research program, Phase II A - Cyclical loading effects on salt dilation and creep properties”, Respec, USA, April 2012 

  • RR2012-1 “Deformation of cemented casings - Case studies, analyses and proposal of a pressure de-rating procedure”,  KBB-UT, Germany, April 2012 

  • RR2011-3 “Study of casing pipe vibration in solution-mined caverns, Phase I”,  McGill University, Canada,  January 2011