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Quantitative simulation of silica scale deposition from physical kinematics perspectivesGold Open Access

Authors: Masaki Iwata, Hitoshi Mikada and Junichi Takekawa
Event name: The 21st International Symposium on Recent Advances in Exploration Geophysics (RAEG 2017)
Session: Geoexploration
Publication date: 20 May 2017
DOI: 10.3997/2352-8265.20140220
Organisations: KUGS
Language: English
Info: Extended abstract, PDF ( 1.04Mb )

Silica scaling restricts the heat extraction and deteriorates the power generation efficiency in geothermal systems. We conducted a deeply stepped analysis on the scaling phenomena with physical kinematics. We simulated the mechanical action on fine particles considered to be spherical in geothermal fluid. In addition, we evaluated the probability of particle re-entrainment from the wall surface and compared the scale deposition rate obtained from different ways of direct calculations. We succeeded not only in matching the order of deposition rate with experimental data, but also explaining the tendency of increase in partial scale deposition amount. Furthermore, our simulation using particles with various diameters indicates the prevention effect of scale buildup by controlling the colloidal aggregation.

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