We present a theoretical model describing the agglomeration process between hydrate particles in systems composed of water in crude oil emulsions. This model allows prediction of the evolution of physical properties of the liquid phase during hydrate formation as the apparent viscosity, the density and the fraction of water converted into hydrate. Results from this model are compared with experimental results obtained with an acidic crude oil in a 2" x 140 m multiphase pilot loop under steady state flow conditions.

This content is only available via PDF.
You can access this article if you purchase or spend a download.