Magnetic resonance imaging of gas hydrate formation in a bed of silica sand particles

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1021/ef200399a
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TypeArticle
Journal titleEnergy & Fuels
Volume25
Issue7
Pages30833092; # of pages: 10
AbstractThe formation of methane hydrate in an unconsolidated bed of silica sand was investigated and spatially resolved by employing the magnetic resonance imaging technique. Different sand particle size ranges (210–297, 125–210, 88–177, and <75 μm) and different initial water saturations (100, 75, 50, and 25%) were used. It was observed that hydrate formation in such porous media is not uniform, and nucleation of hydrate crystals occurs at different times and different positions inside the bed. Also, hydrate formation was found to be faster in a bed with lower water content and smaller particle size. Decomposition of hydrate by thermal stimulation at constant volume showed that the dissociation front moves radially inward starting from the external surface of the hydrate formation vessel.
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AffiliationNRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences; National Research Council Canada
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