Modeling the phase equilibria of asymmetric hydrocarbon mixtures using molecular simulation and equations of state

Ilias K. Nikolaidis, Ali Poursaeidesfahani, Zsolt Csaszar, Mahinder Ramdin, Thijs J.H. Vlugt, Ioannis G. Economou, Othonas A. Moultos

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Abstract

Monte Carlo simulation (MC) is combined with equations of state (EoS) to develop a methodology for the calculation of the vapor–liquid equilibrium (VLE) of multicomponent hydrocarbon mixtures with high asymmetry. MC simulations are used for the calculation of the VLE of binary methane mixtures with long n-alkanes, for a wide range of temperatures and pressures, to obtain sufficient VLE data for the consistent fitting of binary interaction parameters (BIPs) for the EoS. The Soave-Redlich-Kwong (SRK), Peng-Robinson (PR), and Perturbed Chain - Statistical Associating Fluid Theory (PC-SAFT) EoS are considered. The ability of each EoS to correlate the VLE data is assessed and the selected ones are used to predict the VLE of multicomponent gas condensate mixtures. MC simulations proved to be very accurate in predicting the VLE in all conditions and mixtures considered. The BIPs regressed from the simulation dataset lead to equally accurate modeling results for multicomponent mixtures, compared to those regressed from experimental data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)792-803
JournalAIChE Journal
Volume65
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • equations of state
  • gas condensates
  • hydrocarbons
  • Monte Carlo
  • phase equilibrium

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