Optimization of gas hydrate reactors with slug flow

T. Elperin, A. Fominykh

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A model of heat transfer during gas hydrate formation at a gas-liquid interface in gas-liquid slug flow with liquid plugs containing small bubbles is suggested. Under the assumption of perfect mixing of liquid in liquid plugs, recurrent relations for temperature in the n-th liquid plug and heat and mass fluxes from the n-th unit cell in a gas-liquid slug flow are derived. The ratio of the total mass flux during gas hydrate formation in a cluster with N unit cells to the mass flux in a cluster with an infinite number of unit cells is determined. The number of unit cells that yield 95% of the total amount of gas hydrates in an infinite cluster of unit cells is calculated and formula for an optimal length of a gas hydrate slug flow reactor is derived.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)999-1008
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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