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Elshahomi, A., Lu, C., Michal, G., Liu, X., Godbole, A. & Venton, P. (2015). Decompression wave speed in CO2 mixtures: CFD modelling with the GERG-2008 equation of state. Applied Energy, 140 20-32.


The development of CO2 pipelines for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) raises new questions regarding the control of ductile fracture propagation and fracture arrest toughness criteria. The decompression behaviour in the fluid must be determined accurately in order to estimate the proper pipe toughness. However, anthropogenic CO2 may contain impurities that can modify the fluid decompression characteristics quite significantly. To determine the decompression wave speed in CO2 mixtures, the thermodynamic properties of these mixtures must be determined by using an accurate equation of state. In this paper we present a new decompression model developed using the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) package ANSYS Fluent. The GERG-2008 Equation of State (EOS) was implemented into this model through User Defined Functions (UDF) to predict the thermodynamic properties of CO2 mixtures. The model predictions were in good agreement with the experimental data of two 'shock tube' tests. A range of representative CO2 mixtures was examined in terms of the changes in fluid properties from the initial conditions, with time and distance, immediately after a sudden pipeline opening at one end. Phase changes that may occur within the fluid due to condensation of 'impurities' in the fluid were also investigated. Simulations were also conducted to examine how the initial temperature and impurities would affect the decompression wave speed.



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