Calcium carbonate deposition experiments were carried out by pumping a brine solution through PTFE plastic, carbon steel, and 316 stainless steel tubing at 150°C and at a maximum SICaCO3 of 1.36. The kinetics of deposition were inferred from the variation of HCO3- concentration in the effluent with changing flow rate. The inhibition kinetics were determined before, during, and after the addition of NTMP inhibitor into the system. On the metal surfaces, deposition occurred within 10 minutes of the start of the experiment and had similar behavior with changing flow rate, whereas deposition did not begin on the PTFE surface until 30 minutes had passed. No more than 1ppm of NTMP was sufficient to completely halt deposition in the PTFE and stainless steel experiments, whereas up to 2 ppm of NTMP was required in the carbon steel experiment. The deposition kinetics were indistinguishable between the metal surfaces, and were ultimately similar on the smoother hydrophobic PTFE surface once an initial coating of scale had developed. The inhibition efficiency of the NTMP was negatively affected by the corrosion products produced in the carbon steel experiments, assumed to be primarily dissolved Fe (II). Inhibitor retention was higher in the metal surfaces than in the PTFE, possibly due to the preferential adsorption of the NTMP to the surface of the Fe rich steel tubing. Our results suggest that it is the hydrodynamics of brine in the tubing, controlled by flow rate, and the SI that are the main factors controlling scale deposition. Calcium carbonate scale attachment occurs via heterogenous nucleation directly onto the surface of the tube when the brine solution approaches oversaturation from a state of equilibrium with respect to calcium carbonate. The mechanism of inhibition in our system is likely to proceed through the formation of Ca- and Fe-NTMP complexes that either poison the growth surfaces of the scale, or drop the SI of the calcium carbonate by reducing the acitivity of free Ca in the brine.

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