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Experimental Study of Methane Hydrate Dissociation and Gas Production Behaviors under Depressurization

Hikaru Yamada 1, Lin Chen 2, Guillaume Lacaille 3,4, Eita Shoji 5, Junnosuke Okajima 6, Atuki Komiya 6, and Shigenao Maruyama 6
1. Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
2. Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, Overseas Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
3. Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
4. École Centrale de Lyon, Ecully, France
5. Department of Chemical Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
6. Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
Abstract—The objective of this study is to evaluate into detail on the effect of sensible heat in methane hydrate cores for gas production behavior using depressurization method under various initial temperature conditions. Firstly, methane hydrate was synthesized under low temperature and high pressure conditions in the laboratory. Methane hydrate cores were made by using methane hydrate and sand. Dissociation experiment using those cores was conducted by using depressurization method. Then, pressure, temperature, gas production rate and cumulative gas production were measured during the experiment. In the experiment, gas production rate of low porosity core with Tini of 2.5°C was higher than that of low porosity core with Tini of 1.5°C in the first 10 minutes. That implies sensible heat used for methane hydrate dissociation in the low porosity core with Tini of 2.5°C was higher than that in the other core due to initial temperature deference between these low porosity cores. Therefore, it is important to increase initial temperature of methane hydrate reservoir for enhancement of gas production rate under depressurization.
 
Index Terms—energy, methane hydrate, depressurization, dissociation, gas production, sensible heat

Cite: Hikaru Yamada, Lin Chen, Guillaume Lacaille, Eita Shoji, Junnosuke Okajima, Atuki Komiya, and Shigenao Maruyama, "Experimental Study of Methane Hydrate Dissociation and Gas Production Behaviors under Depressurization," International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 140-146, March 2017. DOI: 10.18178/ijmerr.6.2.140-146
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