Xenon Hydrate as an Analog of Methane Hydrate in Geologic Systems Out of Thermodynamic Equilibrium

Fu, Xiaojing and Waite, William F. and Cueto-Felgueroso Landeira, Luis and Juanes, Rubén (2019). Xenon Hydrate as an Analog of Methane Hydrate in Geologic Systems Out of Thermodynamic Equilibrium. "Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G-Cubed)", v. 20 (n. 5); pp. 2462-2472. ISSN 1525-2027. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GC008250.

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Title: Xenon Hydrate as an Analog of Methane Hydrate in Geologic Systems Out of Thermodynamic Equilibrium
Author/s:
  • Fu, Xiaojing
  • Waite, William F.
  • Cueto-Felgueroso Landeira, Luis
  • Juanes, Rubén
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G-Cubed)
Date: 6 May 2019
ISSN: 1525-2027
Volume: 20
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Faculty: E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Civil: Hidráulica, Energía y Medio Ambiente
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Methane hydrate occurs naturally under pressure and temperature conditions that are not straightforward to replicate experimentally. Xenon has emerged as an attractive laboratory alternative to methane for studying hydrate formation and dissociation in multiphase systems, given that it forms hydrates under milder conditions. However, building reliable analogies between the two hydrates requires systematic comparisons, which are currently lacking. We address this gap by developing a theoretical and computational model of gas hydrates under equilibrium and nonequilibrium conditions. We first compare equilibrium phase behaviors of the Xe·H2O and CH4·H2O systems by calculating their isobaric phase diagram, and then study the nonequilibrium kinetics of interfacial hydrate growth using a phase field model. Our results show that Xe·H2O is a good experimental analog to CH4·H2O, but there are key differences to consider. In particular, the aqueous solubility of xenon is altered by the presence of hydrate, similar to what is observed for methane; but xenon is consistently less soluble than methane. Xenon hydrate has a wider nonstoichiometry region, which could lead to a thicker hydrate layer at the gas‐liquid interface when grown under similar kinetic forcing conditions. For both systems, our numerical calculations reveal that hydrate nonstoichiometry coupled with hydrate formation dynamics leads to a compositional gradient across the hydrate layer, where the stoichiometric ratio increases from the gas‐facing side to the liquid‐facing side. Our analysis suggests that accurate composition measurements could be used to infer the kinetic history of hydrate formation in natural settings where gas is abundant.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Government of SpainRYC-2012-11704MINECOCueto-Felgueroso Landeira, LuisUnspecified
Government of SpainCTM2014-54312-PMICINNCueto-Felgueroso Landeira, LuisNuevos modelos de flujo multifase en medios porosos: procesos fundamentales y aplicación a problemas de gran escala en hidrología

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Item ID: 64055
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/64055/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:64055
DOI: 10.1029/2019GC008250
Official URL: https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019GC008250
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 24 Sep 2020 15:11
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2020 15:11
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