Volatile corrosion inhibitors (VCIs), specifically formulations based on thiols and amines, can be used to mitigate top-of-the-line corrosion (TLC) that arises during the transportation of wet gas through transmission pipelines. Nevertheless, the VCI inhibition efficiency can be compromised by the presence of condensable hydrocarbon phases. In this research, the inhibition efficiency of two thiol compounds (decanethiol and hexanethiol) and three combinations of VCIs for TLC scenarios, both in the presence and absence of n-heptane, representing a condensing hydrocarbon phase were studied. The results proved the inhibition efficiency of thiols in a water-only condensing environment, with effectiveness increasing with the alkyl tail length. Conversely, in a water/n-heptane co-condensing environment, a reversed trend was observed, where hexanethiol exhibited higher corrosion inhibition efficiency compared to decanethiol. Molecular simulation results indicated a synergistic adsorption behavior when the alkane was of a similar length as the alkyl tails of the inhibitors, leading to the incorporation of alkane molecules with the inhibitor molecules. A mixture of thiols (decanethiol and hexanethiol) and two mixtures of thiol and amines (decanethiol and diethylamine/t-butylamine) were also considered in both water-only and water/n-heptane co-condensing environments. In the presence of n-heptane, only the thiol mixture, featuring molecules with different tail lengths, demonstrated high inhibition efficiency. This behavior was attributed to the superior inhibition efficiency provided by thiol-based molecules with a shorter alkyl tail (hexanethiol) in the presence of n-heptane. Additionally, the results revealed that the mixtures of decanethiol and amines did not enhance corrosion inhibition in the presence of n-heptane within the system.

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