Molecular dynamics simulation of replacement of methane hydrate with carbon dioxide

Yoshio Iwai, Hiroki Nakamura, Masashi Hirata

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Abstract

Molecular dynamics simulation was performed to analyse the phenomena of replacement of methane hydrate with carbon dioxide (CO 2) at 270K and 5.0MPa for 5300ps. The methane hydrate phase was constructed with 16 unit cells of hydrate. Every cage in the hydrate was occupied by one methane molecule. The methane hydrate phase was sandwiched between two CO 2 phases. During the simulation the hydrate partially melted and liquid water phase appeared, and CO 2 dissolved in the liquid water phase. The replacements were observed three times at the hydrate-liquid water interface during the simulation. In the first case, the replacement occurred at a S-cage without changing the structure. In the second case, an M-cage of methane hydrate partially collapsed, and methane and CO 2 molecules exchanged. After the exchange, the cage occupied by CO 2 remained in the M-cage structure. In the third case, a S-cage of methane hydrate partially collapsed, and methane and CO 2 molecules exchanged. After the exchange, the cage occupied by CO 2 changed to an M-cage-like structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-490
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular Simulation
Volume38
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Information Systems
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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