Molecular dynamics predictions of transport properties for carbon dioxide hydrates under pre-nucleation conditions using TIP4P/Ice water and EPM2, TraPPE, and Zhang carbon dioxide potentials

A Guerra and S Mathews and JT Su and M Maric and P Servio and AD Rey, JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR LIQUIDS, 379, 121674 (2023).

DOI: 10.1016/j.molliq.2023.121674

(1) Introduction: New technologies that leverage gas hydrates phenomena include carbon capture and sequestrations. These processes are often semi-continuous and require regulation of the system's flow properties for proper operation. Accurate computational models for the viscosity of carbon dioxide hydrate systems at pre-nucleation conditions can be important for process design and control of such technologies. (2) Methods: This work validates the viscosity predictions of molecular dynamics simula-tions using previously measured experimental data. The TIP4P/Ice force field was used to model water, while the EPM2, TraPPE, and Zhang force fields were used for carbon dioxide. The Green-Kubo and Einstein formulations of viscosity and diffusivity were used in this work. (3) Results: All force fields over -predicted viscosity when compared to experimental data, but EPM2 resulted in lower discrepancies. Additionally, EPM2 was determined to model molecular behavior expected from the macroscopic trends in viscosity with respect to temperature and pressure. (4) Conclusions: The EPM2 force field more accu-rately predicted the viscosity of carbon dioxide hydrates systems at pre- nucleation conditions relative to TraPPE and Zhang.(c) 2023 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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