High Resolution Mapping of Hydrate Formation Probability: Validation of Models and Inhibitor Performance

Vincent Lim

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

Gas hydrates are ice-like solids in which gas molecules are enclathrated within cages composed of hydrogen-bonds. Measuring hydrate formation is not only useful for probing multi-component nucleation processes but also has direct relevance to oil and gas production systems where hydrates can block subsea flowlines. In this thesis, a novel apparatus, the high-pressure-stirred, automated-lag-time-apparatus (HPS-ALTA) is developed and used to obtain large numbers of independent hydrate formation events. These enable the construction of high-resolution hydrate formation probability curves which can be used to validate and test theoretical models, as well as enabling their application in industrial hydrate management decisions.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Aman, Zach, Supervisor
  • May, Eric, Supervisor
  • Johns, Michael, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date4 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020

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