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Jamming Flume

The Center has recently started studies to understand hydrate jamming phenomena in flow channels. This project tackles the jamming problem with both experimental and modeling efforts. In the experimental side, an open flume was build to investigate jamming of model particles (polyethylene disks). This is our first attempt at quantifying the most important variables associated with jamming which can be later developed to understand jamming of hydrate particles. In the modeling side, 2-D simulations are being performed for equivalent systems being tested experimentally. The combination of these two components represents another important step toward building a better and more robust model to predict hydrate formation and plugability in pipelines.


Open flume for jamming studies.