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Thermodynamic Analysis and Optimization of the C3/MRC Liquefaction Process

Guisheng Wang*

Oilfield Safety and Environmental Quality Management Department, Sinopec Shengli Oilfield Company, Dongying, 257001, China

* Corresponding Author: Guisheng Wang. Email: email

(This article belongs to the Special Issue: Multiphase Flow Theory in Oil and Gas Gathering and Transportation Process)

Energy Engineering 2023, 120(6), 1503-1514.


In the natural gas liquefaction process, the mixed refrigerant natural gas liquefaction process is widely used in LNG liquefaction plants because of its advantages of low energy consumption. This paper focuses on the influences of important parameters in the C3/MRC liquefaction process, that is, the comparison between propane precooling temperature and the number of moles of methane in mixed refrigerant, power consumption and loss. In addition, the total process was optimized with the optimizer and manual adjustment in HYSYS software to minimize the total power consumption. The results show that with increasing propane precooling temperature, the propane flow rate is almost unchanged, while the mixed refrigerant flow rate decreases significantly, and the loss of the heat exchanger increases significantly. The power consumption of the propane precooling cycle and hybrid refrigeration cycle increases with increasing methane content in the refrigerant, so the power consumption of the whole process increases accordingly. The effect of the methane content in the mixed refrigerant on the process evaluation index is more significant than that of the propane precooling temperature.


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APA Style
Wang, G. (2023). Thermodynamic analysis and optimization of the C3/MRC liquefaction process. Energy Engineering, 120(6), 1503-1514.
Vancouver Style
Wang G. Thermodynamic analysis and optimization of the C3/MRC liquefaction process. Energ Eng. 2023;120(6):1503-1514
IEEE Style
G. Wang, "Thermodynamic Analysis and Optimization of the C3/MRC Liquefaction Process," Energ. Eng., vol. 120, no. 6, pp. 1503-1514. 2023.

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