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# How Do I Calculate Equilibrium Ratios (K Values) For The Isothermal Pt

vle phase equilibria rachford rice k values

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 02:51 AM

Hi everyone

For calculating the vapour fraction and phase compositions of a hydrocarbon mixture at given Pressure, Temperature and overall compositions, the rachford-rice equation needs to be solved.

Because of the absence of phase composition (x-y) information in the beginning, we need starting values for the equilibrium K Ratios, (since the K values are composition dependent) for initialising the rachford rice solution procedure. Upon subsequent computation of phase composition, K values are reevaluated using the new information and the procedure is repeated until convergence.
I know about the raoult's approximation for K values (vapor pressure/System pressure) and the wilson correlation.
But they don't seem to be very helpful, because it often happens that for the initial estimated values of the K ratios, no feasible solution of the vapour fraction exists, which should ideally be between 0 and 1.
So I would like for any leads which would help me set good initial values for K ratios to ensure robust evaluation of the vapour fraction

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 03:19 AM   Best Answer

Hi ,

Let you consider the excel sheet attached where you can find several options to support your work .

hope this is helping you and others .

Breizh

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 11:53 AM

Hi ,

Let you consider the excel sheet attached where you can find several options to support your work .

hope this is helping you and others .

Breizh

Dear Breizh

I had a long and detailed look at your spreadsheet and compared it to what DWSIM outputs. Then I compared it to my code. It's a pretty good spreadsheet, only thing is it will not incorporate the new phase compositions to evaluate the new K values.

Anyway, it does what I wanted it to: give me a good way to initialise the rachford rice method and do one iteration with a reasonable output of vapour fraction (ie 0<= V<=1).

Thanks. It helped me validate my code.