The Standard Pressure Dissociation (SPD) cell is capable of forming synthetic hydrate cores that are used to study hydrates in both the flow assurance and gas production space; providing insight into plug properties such as permeability and porosity while also allowing the study of hydrate gas exchange mechanisms. The SPD cell setup consists of a stainless steel 316 pipe with an active length of 0.57 m and internal diameter of 34 mm immersed in a monoethylene glycol bath that maintains a uniform cell temperature to within 0.1 °C, as monitored by five evenly spaced axial thermowells. Pressures of up to 350 bar can be maintained within the cell, controlled at each end by an ISCO pump, with any differential monitored using a Rosemount 3051SCD differential pressure transducer.

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