Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Structure II Clathrate Hydrates of Xenon and Large Hydrocarbon Guest Molecules

HE Niya and H Modarress and E Zaminpayma, JOURNAL OF CLUSTER SCIENCE, 22, 11-30 (2011).

DOI: 10.1007/s10876-011-0358-6

Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of structure II clathrate hydrates are performed under canonical (NVT) and isobaric-isothermal (NPT) ensembles. The guest molecule as a small help gas is xenon and gases such as cyclopropane, isobutane and propane are used as large hydrocarbon guest molecule (LHGM). The dynamics of structure II clathrate hydrate is considered in two cases: empty small cages and small cages containing xenon. Therefore, the MD results for structure II clathrate hydrates of LHGM and LHGM + Xe are obtained to clarify the effects of guest molecules on host lattice structure. To understand the characteristic configurations of structure II clathrate hydrate the radial distribution functions (RDFs) are calculated for the studied hydrate system. The obtained results indicate the significance of interactions of the guest molecules on stabilizing the hydrate host lattice and these results is consistent with most previous experimental and theoretical investigations.

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