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Process Modelling Selection of ThermodynamicMethods

Contents 1.0 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 4.0 4.1 4.2 5.0 Introduction Thermodynamic Fundamentals Thermodynamic Energies Gibbs Phase Rule Enthalpy Thermodynamics of Real Processes System Phases Single Phase Gas Liquid Phase Vapour liquid equilibrium Chemical Reactions Reaction Chemistry Reaction Chemistry Applied Summary Appendices I II III IV V VI VII VIII Enthalpy Calculations inCHEMCAD Thermodynamic Model Synopsis – Vapor Liquid Equilibrium Thermodynamic Model Selection – Application Tables K Model – Henry’s Law Review Inert Gases and Infinitely Dilute Solutions Post Combustion Carbon Capture Thermodynamics Thermodynamic Guidance Note Prediction of Physical Properties

Figures 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Ideal Solution Txy Diagram Enthalpy Isobar Thermodynamic Phases van derWaals Equation of State Relative Volatility in VLE Diagram Azeotrope γ Value in VLE Diagram VLE Diagram and Convergence Effects CHEMCAD K and H Values Wizard Thermodynamic Model Decision Tree K Value and Enthalpy Models Selection Basis

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Process Modelling Selection ofThermodynamic Methods

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Acknowledgements This paper has been developed from experience gained whilst working in the simulation field. This work has been supported throughout by Chemstations, Houston, Texas, TX77042 and the author is particularly indebted to Aaron Herrick and David Hill for their continued and unstinting help.PAGE 3 OF 38

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INTRODUCTION The selection of a suitable thermodynamic model for the prediction of the enthalpy-H and the phase equilibrium-K is fundamental to process modelling. An inappropriate model selection will resultin convergence problems and erroneous results. Simulations are only valid when the appropriate thermodynamic model is being used. The selection process is based on a detailed knowledge of thermodynamics and practical experience. Most simulators are provided with Wizards to aid selection which should be used with caution. The selection process is guided by considering the following:Process...
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