Managing hydrate formation in subsea production

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Quantitative prediction of gas hydrate formation risk is critical for the successful implementation of risk-based approaches to hydrate management in subsea production. Here we use a high pressure, stirred,automated lag-time apparatus and a high pressure acoustic levitator to experimentally obtain smoothprobability distributions describing stochastic hydrate formation. Robust, repeatable hydrate nucleation andgrowth rate probability distributions as a function of induction time and subcooling are measured for variousgases, shear rates and inhibitor dosages in systems with interfacial areas ranging from (0.1 to 60) cm2. Theresults reveal that new engineering models can be used to reliably predict hydrate formation probability.Importantly these new models have solid theoretical foundations which enables them to be generalized withconfidence to industrial systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOffshore Technology Conference 2020, OTC 2020
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherOffshore Technology Conference
ISBN (Electronic)9781613997079
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
EventOffshore Technology Conference 2020 - Houston, United States
Duration: 4 May 20207 May 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Offshore Technology Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-3663


ConferenceOffshore Technology Conference 2020
Abbreviated titleOTC 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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