Prediction of hydrate equilibrium conditions using k-nearest neighbor algorithm to CO2 capture

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Sayyad Amin, J, Bahadori, A, Hosseini Nia, B, Rafiee, S & Kheilnezhad, N 2017, 'Prediction of hydrate equilibrium conditions using k-nearest neighbor algorithm to CO2 capture', Petroleum Science and Technology, vol. 35, no. 11, pp. 1070-1077.

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Gas or clathrate hydrates are an important issue when they form in the oil and gas pipelines. Since the determination of the hydrate formation temperature and pressure is very difficult experimentally for every gas system and it is impossible in terms of cost and time approximately, mathematical models can be useful tools to overcome these difficulties. In this study, k-nearest neighbor model was used to predict the equilibrium conditions of hydrate formation in absorption and separation of carbon dioxide from flue gas mixture, containing carbon dioxide and nitrogen. At the training phase, temperature and composition data of nitrogen and carbon dioxide in the flue gas mixture at equilibrium conditions and the equilibrium pressures of hydrate formation were used as input and output, respectively. The error percentage less than 0.38% indicates the high accuracy of the proposed model. In this study, 80%, 85%, and 90% of the training data are examined for three numbers of nearest. For three numbers of used nearest (k = 1, k = 2 and k = 3), the value of k = 1 leads to the lowest error; so, it is selected as the best nearest in the presented model.

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