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International Journal of Chemical Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 214638, 5 pages
Research Article

Research on Gas Hydrate Plug Formation under Pipeline-Like Conditions

1University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein, 47798 Krefeld, Germany
2University Duisburg-Essen, 45141 Essen, Germany

Received 30 July 2015; Revised 30 October 2015; Accepted 17 November 2015

Academic Editor: Bhaskar Kulkarni

Copyright © 2015 Florian Stephan Merkel et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Hydrates of natural gases like methane have become subject of great interest over the last few decades, mainly because of their potential as energy resource. The exploitation of these natural gases from gas hydrates is seen as a promising mean to solve future energetic problems. Furthermore, gas hydrates play an important role in gas transportation and gas storage: in pipelines, particularly in tubes and valves, gas hydrates are formed and obstruct the gas flow. This phenomenon is called “plugging” and causes high operational expenditure as well as precarious safety conditions. In this work, research on the formation of gas hydrates under pipeline-like conditions, with the aim to predict induction times as a mean to evaluate the plugging potential, is described.