(184g) Investigation of Functionalized Spherical Silica As a Hydrate Blockageinhibitor in Water-in- Oil Emulsions Under Quiescent and Flowing Conditions Conference: AIChE Annual MeetingYear: 2016Proceeding: 2016 AIChE Annual MeetingGroup: Liaison FunctionsSession: Undergraduate Research Forum II Time: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 2:00pm-2:15pm Authors: Martin, T., Oklahoma State University Hydrate mitigation and management is a growing area of flow assurance engineering with crystalline structures forming in water-in- oil emulsions under low temperatures and high pressures often leading to pipeline blockages. Ludox TM-50 and powdered spherical silica particles will be surface treated to hydrophobize the particles for use as a stabilizer in water-in- oil emulsions to investigate their effect on hydrate formation. The first analysis of hydrate formation in water-in- oil emulsions stabilized using silica particles will be using optical microscopy and particle distribution characterization techniques. Experiments will test the effect of various water cuts, temperatures, and concentration of solid particles. After a fundamental understanding of the behavior of silica particle stabilization is reached, the focus will shift to analyzing water-in- oil emulsion behavior under flowing conditions using a flow loop system. These experiments are expected to determine the utility of the Ludox TM-50 and powdered silicon dioxide particles as a method of hydrate inhibition and understand their effect on hydrate formation under both quiescent and flowing conditions. Work on this project is ongoing.