Journal of
Petroleum and Gas Engineering

  • Abbreviation: J. Petroleum Gas Eng.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2677
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPGE
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 120

Full Length Research Paper

Numerical modelling of heat and mass transfer in a gas pipe conducting system: Application to methane gas

Serge Samuel Bell
  • Serge Samuel Bell
  • The University Institute of Wood Technology, the University of Yaoundé I, P. O. Box 306, Mbalmayo, Cameroon.
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Rene Oum Lissouck
  • Rene Oum Lissouck
  • The University Institute of Wood Technology, the University of Yaoundé I, P. O. Box 306, Mbalmayo, Cameroon.
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Rachel Raissa Ngono Mvondo
  • Rachel Raissa Ngono Mvondo
  • The University Institute of Wood Technology, the University of Yaoundé I, P. O. Box 306, Mbalmayo, Cameroon.
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  •  Received: 01 April 2021
  •  Accepted: 18 May 2021
  •  Published: 31 May 2021

Abstract

Methane is the principal component of natural gas. In order to be liquefied, it is has to pass through a compression station where its’ temperature is lowered. An experimental investigation of the temperature drop behaviour of methane gas has been carried out. The test section is a horizontal circular tube with an inner diameter of 6 mm, an outer diameter of 8 mm and a length of 1500 mm. The physical parameters of the gas are explicited. Extensive measurements of the temperature along the pipe were realized by considering an air temperature of 26°C. A numerical approach of the heat and mass transfer problem was carried out thanks to the 4th ordered Runge-Kutta method. Numerical results showed a good agreement with experimental data.

Key words: Drop, natural gas, temperature, Runge-Kutta, simulation.