In situ X-ray diffraction method to study natural gas hydrates

C. C. Tang*, M. C. Miller, R. J. Cernik, S. M. Clark, C. A. Koh, R. E. Motie, R. I. Nooney, R. Westacott, R. Wisbey, J. L. Savidge

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We have recently developed an in-situ method to study the crystallisation of natural gas hydrates using synchrotron X-rays at Daresbury Laboratory. The novel technique involved the construction of a high pressure, large volume cell to grow hydrate material, and the use of energy-dispersive powder diffraction on Station 16.4 to probe crystal development. The first experiment was the observation of diffraction patterns from carbon dioxide/water during hydrate formation and subsequently the method was used to study the propane system. In this, structural results and the development of diffraction peaks as a function of time were obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-340
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Science Forum
Issue numberPART 1
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


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