Kinetic Analysis of Methane-Propane Hydrate Formation by the Use of Different Impellers

Longinos S. N. , PARLAKTUNA M.

ACS OMEGA, vol.6, no.2, pp.1636-1646, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1021/acsomega.0c05615
  • Title of Journal : ACS OMEGA
  • Page Numbers: pp.1636-1646


In the present study, the effect of different kinds of impellers with different baffles or no baffle was investigated. Up-pumping pitched blade turbine (PBTU) and Rushton turbine (RT) were the two types of impellers tested. The reactor was equipped with different designs of baffles: full, half and surface baffles, or no baffles. Single (PBTU or RT) and dual (PBTU/PBTU or RT/RT) use of impellers with full (FB), half (HB), surface (SB), and no baffle (NB) combinations formed two sets of 16 experiments. The first group of experiments was close to the equilibrium line (P = 26.5 bars and T = 8.5 6 C), and the second group was deep in the equilibrium line (P = 24.5 bars and T = 2 degrees C). There was estimation of rate of hydrate formation, induction time, hydrate productivity, overall power consumption, split fraction, and separation factor. In both single and dual impellers, the results showed that RT experiments are better compared to PBTU in the rate of hydrate formation. The induction time is almost the same because we are deep in the equilibrium line while, hydrate productivity values I are higher in PBTU compared to RT experiments. As a general view, RT experiments consume more energy compared to PBTU experiments.