Gibbs energy analysis: Compositional tie-simplex space

Alireza Iranshahr, Denis V. Voskov, Hamdi A. Tchelepi

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Thermodynamic stability analysis requires that the Gibbs free energy of an equilibrium mixture must be at global minimum. Several techniques use this criterion to identify the equilibrium phase-state of a multi-component mixture. In this article, we present an analysis of the Gibbs energy minimization in the Compositional Space Parameterization (CSP) framework. Our parameterizations are based on primary configurations of multi-dimensional tie-simplexes in the compositional space. We show that once the maximum number of coexisting phases in the " base parameterization" is known, CSP yields the global minimum of Gibbs energy in multiphase multi-component mixtures with complex phase behaviors. We present several challenging examples to demonstrate the equivalence of conventional techniques (based on global minimization of Gibbs energy) and the tie-simplex methodology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-58
Number of pages10
JournalFluid Phase Equilibria
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2012
Externally publishedYes


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