Thermal stability and corrosion of tertiary amines in aqueous amine and amine-glycol-water solutions for combined acid gas and water removal
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Thermal stability and corrosion of seven tertiary amines (20 wt.%) solutions in water and water-glycol [ethylene glycol (MEG)/tri-ethylene glycol (TEG)] loaded with CO2 in stainless steel reactors has been studied for combined acid gas removal along with hydrate control. The pKa of the tested amines varied from 7.85 to 9.75. Titration and inductivity coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) are used to quantify the remaining alkalinity and metal concentrations in amine solutions respectively. The presence of MEG and TEG profoundly influenced the amine stability. Triethanolamine had the highest thermal stability. Furthermore, the results also show that an increase in pKa generally decreases corrosion. 3-(Diethylamino)-1,2-propanediol (DEA-1,2-PD) has the lowest corrosion in water and water-TEG solutions while 2-(Diethylamino)ethanol (DEEA) has the least corrosion in water-MEG solutions.