Calculation of phase equilibrium of natural gases with the Peng-Robinson and PC-SAFT equations of state

M. F. Alfradique, M. Castier

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Cubic equations of state (EOS), such as the Peng-Robinson EOS, are routinely used by the oil and gas industry for the design of recovery and processing operations of gases at high pressures. Nonetheless, many non-cubic equations of state, derived from statistical thermodynamics and with solid theoretical basis, have been proposed in recent years. Among them, EOS of the SAFT-family are possibly those with widest acceptance. In this work, we compare the performance of the Peng-Robinson and PC-SAFT EOS in the calculation of dew points, bubble points, and critical points of natural gases. Binary interaction parameters in both EOS were set equal to zero in all calculations to test the predictive capability of the models. Calculations were performed for 19 synthetic natural gases for which experimental data are available in literature. For most mixtures, predictions of the PC-SAFT EOS are in better agreement with the experimental data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-714
Number of pages8
JournalOil and Gas Science and Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology

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