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.
Model of Hydrates Agglomeration – Application to Hydrates Formation in an Acidic Crude Oil
Palermo, T., Fidel-Dufour, A., Maurel, P., Peytavy, J.l., and C. Hurtevent. "Model of Hydrates Agglomeration – Application to Hydrates Formation in an Acidic Crude Oil." Paper presented at the 12th International Conference on Multiphase Production Technology, Barcelona, Spain, May 2005.
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