Chemical Engineering Science, Vol.97, 311-319, 2013
A model of wax deposit layer formation
A model of wax deposit layer formation is developed. The model is based on a mathematical description of diffusion of wax molecules through a growing porous layer. The deposit layer porosity reduction is caused by the growth of wax crystals, composing porous medium, in a wax-saturated hydrocarbon fluid. The two major model equations are: (1) diffusion of wax molecules through a porous medium with varying porosity; and (2) deposit layer growth rate. The model takes into account a diffusivity reduction with a porosity decrease and a shear-removal effect. The model performance is illustrated by computations of the wax deposition in a laboratory Taylor Couette device. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.