A novel approach to the stability of clathrate hydrate

Hideki Tanaka

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The thermodynamic stability of clathrate hydrates I and II encaging Xe and Ar has been investigated by examining temperature dependence of the dissociation pressure on the basis of the generalized van der Waals and Platteeuw theory developed by Tanaka and Kiyohara, where the coupling of the host lattice vibration with the guest is taken into account in calculating the free energy of formation of hydrates. The predicted dissociation pressures of Xe and Ar hydrates agree reasonably well with experiments in higher temperature range. An agreement for Ar clathrate hydrate at low temperature is poor. This is circumvented by the use of a quantum mechanical partition function for a harmonic oscillator in evaluating the free energy difference between ice and empty hydrate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-340
Number of pages10
JournalFluid Phase Equilibria
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Clathrate Hydrate
  • Generalized vdWP Theory
  • Thermodynamic Stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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