Differential-algebraic approach to dynamic simulations of flash drums with rigorous evaluation of physical properties

Eduardo R A Lima, Marcelo Castier, Evaristo C. Biscaia

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The dynamics of flash drums is simulated with rigorous physical properties calculations using an equation of state to model each phase present. The formulation results in a set of differential-algebraic equations (DAE), whose differential equations describe the material and energy balances and the algebraic equations result from the conditions for thermodynamic equilibrium inside the drum. PSIDE (Parallel Software for Implicit Differential Equations) [Lioen et al., 1998] is used to solve the set of DAE with an efficient differential - algebraic approach. In this approach, the equations are solved simultaneously, with direct iterations in temperature, phase volumes and mole number of each component in each phase. The results show the efficiency of this methodology for the simulation of flash drums.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)677-686
Number of pages10
JournalOil and Gas Science and Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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