Influence of hydrate structure on continuous separation of coal bed methane gas: A thermodynamic simulation study

Thaneer Malai Narayanan, Ryo Ohmura

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Influence of hydrate crystallographic structures on continuous CH4 + N2 gas separation is studied using thermodynamic simulations. A continuous separation process with discharge of hydrate crystals only (not as hydrate slurry; without liquid phases) is modelled. 35 mol% CH4/N2 and 50 mol% CH4/N2 gas separation simulations are performed for simple sI system, and isobutane sII, methylcyclohexane sH and neohexane sH promoted systems at pressures 1.0 MPa, 4.0 MPa and 7.0 MPa depending on hydrate structures. At the steady state, under 7.0 MPa, CH4 concentration in hydrate phase (xj=CH4,hyd) and percentage of CH4 recovery (S. Fr.) were in the increasing order of isobutane sII < neohexane sH ≈ methylcyclohexane sH < simple sI systems. In the sII and sH system studied, xj=CH4,hyd and S. Fr. at the steady state were lower during gas separation at higher pressures. The maximum CH4 concentration that can be recovered in hydrate for continuous 35 mol% CH4/N2 and 50 mol% CH4/N2 gas separations are calculated to be approximately 64 mol% CH4/N2 and 77 mol% CH4/N2 respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1511-1518
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sep 1



  • Clathrate hydrate
  • Coal bed methane
  • Coal mine methane
  • Gas separation
  • Thermodynamic simulations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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