MODELING OF NATURAL GAS HYDRATE FORMATION ON A SUSPENDED WATER DROPLET Zhong, Dong-Liang; Liu, Dao-Ping; Wu, Zhi-Min
After reviewing the documents about the studies of hydrate formation kinetics in the world, this paper analyzed the process of hydrate formation on a suspended water droplet, which was based on the hydrate formation with water spay method, proposed a corresponding mathematical model, and solved it. Afterwards, the discussion about this model was presented. The results indicated that equilibrium time diminished with the decrease of the water droplet radius, and prolonged with the increase of sub-cooling degree, the reaction time for the second period reduced with the increase of subcooling degree, but was free from the effect of the variation of the water droplet size. The first period of the hydration on the water droplet was quite short, while the second period was considerably longer. Therefore, shortening the duration time of the second period of hydration was obviously able to accelerate the hydrate formation on the water droplet.
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